Stand Still, Look Pretty: Representation and Tradition in Mainstream American Women’s Country Music 1972-2005

Wical, Carol Jane (2006). Stand Still, Look Pretty: Representation and Tradition in Mainstream American Women’s Country Music 1972-2005 MPhil Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland.

       
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Author Wical, Carol Jane
Thesis Title Stand Still, Look Pretty: Representation and Tradition in Mainstream American Women’s Country Music 1972-2005
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2006
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Subjects 2002 Cultural Studies
Abstract/Summary This thesis argues that a women’s tradition in mainstream American country music, though it seemingly cannot help but initially mimic the patriarchal model must, at some point, depart from that schema. This departure is necessary as a women’s tradition emerges and attempts to escape the inheritance of a definition the female as subjective object. In the largest possible sense, my question is: How do women utilise narratives that define women? American society has a history of inhibiting the power of women. This suggests that women redefining themselves with any degree of self-awareness need to do so with care. This in turn suggests the need to disguise any attempts at redefinition. This thesis considers how disguise is employed to achieve this within a specific cultural model in a specific timeframe – the popular music genre of mainstream American country music 1972-2005. Although many scholarly approaches to this genre have been concerned with country music history and its perceived homogeneity, this work considers change and the influence of contemporary.

 
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