Country Culture and Crossover: Narrative Representations of Gender and Genre Through Lyric, Music, Image, and Staging in Carrie Underwood's Blown Away Tour

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Title: Country Culture and Crossover: Narrative Representations of Gender and Genre Through Lyric, Music, Image, and Staging in Carrie Underwood's Blown Away Tour
Authors: Ivings, Krisandra
Date: 2016
Abstract: This thesis examines the complex and multi-dimensional narratives presented in the work of mainstream female country artist Carrie Underwood, and how her blending of musical genres (pop, rock, and country) affects the narratives pertaining to gender and sexuality that are told through her musical texts. I interrogate the relationships between and among the domains of music, lyrics, images, and staging in Underwood’s live performances (Blown Away Tour: Live DVD) and related music videos in order to identify how these gendered narratives relate to genre, and more specifically, where these performances and videos adhere to, expand on, or break from country music tropes and traditions. Adopting an interlocking theoretical approach grounded in genre theory, gender theory, narrative theory in the context of popular music, and happiness theory, I examine how, as a female artist in the country music industry, Underwood uses genre-blending to construct complex gendered narratives in her musical texts. Ultimately, I find that in her Blown Away Tour: Live DVD, Underwood uses diverse narrative strategies, sometimes drawing on country tropes, to engage techniques and stylistic influences of several pop and rock styles, and in doing so explores the gender norms of those genres.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35252
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-210
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