Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

By Allan F. Moore

The musicological learn of renowned track has built, rather during the last 20 years, into a longtime element of the self-discipline. the educational group is now good positioned to debate precisely what's going in any instance of well known track and the theoretical starting place for such analytical paintings has additionally been laid, even if there's as but no basic contract over all of the info of well known tune thought. notwithstanding, this specialise in the what of musical element has left principally untouched the bigger query - so what? What are the results of such theorization and research? students from open air musicology have frequently argued that too shut a spotlight on musicological aspect has left untouched what they think about to be extra pressing questions with regards to reception and which means. students from inside of musicology have replied through uploading into musicological dialogue numerous points of cultural concept. it really is in that culture that this publication lies, even if its concentration is a bit of diversified. what's lacking from the sector, at the moment, is a coherent improvement of the what into the so what of song idea and research into questions of interpretation and hermeneutics. it's that primary hole that this ebook seeks to fill. Allan F. Moore offers a research of recorded well known music, from the recordings of the Nineteen Twenties via to the current day. research and interpretation are taken care of as separable yet interdependent ways to track. Analytical concept is revisited, masking traditional domain names reminiscent of concord, melody and rhythm, yet doesn't privilege those on the cost of domain names similar to texture, the soundbox, vocal tone, and lyrics. those latter parts are hugely major within the event of many listeners, yet are often neglected or poorly handled in analytical paintings. Moore maintains through constructing quite a number hermeneutic concepts mostly drawn from open air the sector (strategies originating, within the such a lot half, inside psychology and philosophy) yet nonetheless deeply r

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U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Mark A. Wrathall

Is it attainable to be a dedicated Christian and a rock famous person? Can political activists make sturdy track? Do highly winning rock bands really care approximately AIDS and poverty in Africa, or is it simply one other image-enhancing schtick? U2 and Philosophy ponders those and different seeming dichotomies within the occupation of the Irish supergroup. For over 20 years, U2 has been one of many greatest acts in rock tune. They’ve produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum documents and gained 15 Grammy Awards. Critics far and wide have praised the band’s considerate, complicated lyrics and the artistry in their song. even as, Bono, the group’s lead singer, has committed himself to political and social reasons, blurring the road among rock superstar and revered statesman. supplying clean perception into the band’s track and activism, those thought-provoking essays permits enthusiasts to find philosophy in the course of the eyes of U2, and rediscover U2 during the eyes of philosophers.

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Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen

By Julian Darius

This definitive, unauthorized learn of Christopher Nolan's landmark 2005 movie demonstrates how BATMAN starts tailored and fused a part century of comedian books right into a unmarried, unified motion picture. This ebook additionally examines prior makes an attempt to movie Batman's origins, how these origins developed over the years, and the place Nolan's realism falls on a spectrum with earlier Batman video clips or even the Sixties television exhibit. Dr. Julian Darius manages to bare secrets and techniques to even the main hardcore Batman fan, whereas last totally available to these new to the nature. From Sequart study & Literacy association. extra information at

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Bob Dylan and Philosophy: It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Thinking) (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Peter Vernezze

The legions of Bob Dylan enthusiasts comprehend that Dylan isn't just a good composer, author, and performer, yet a very good philosopher in addition. In Bob Dylan and Philosophy, eighteen philosophers examine Dylan’s moral positions, political commitments, perspectives on gender and sexuality, and his complex and arguable attitudes towards faith. All levels of Dylan’s output are lined, from his early acoustic people ballads and anthem-like protest songs to his arguable swap to electrical guitar to his occasionally perplexing, usually profound tune of the Seventies and past. The booklet examines diversified facets of Dylan’s artistic inspiration via a philosophical lens, together with own identification, detrimental and confident freedom, enlightenment and postmodernism in his social feedback, and the morality of bootlegging. a fascinating creation to deep philosophical truths, the ebook presents Dylan lovers with a chance to benefit approximately philosophy whereas impressing lovers of philosophy with the deeper implications of his highbrow achievements.

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Superman and Philosophy: What Would the Man of Steel Do?

By Mark D. White

Go past the cape and into the brain of the guy of metal, in time for liberate of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel motion picture and Superman's seventy fifth anniversary

He has extremely joyful thousands for seventy five years, with a legacy that transcends nationwide, cultural, and generational borders, yet is there extra to the guy of metal than simply your usual mythic superhero in a cape? The 20 chapters during this e-book current a desirable exploration of a few of the deeper philosophical questions raised by way of Superman, the final Son of Krypton and the latest hero within the Blackwell Philosophy and dad tradition arsenal.

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Elements of Wit: Mastering the Art of Being Interesting

By Benjamin Errett

Got wit?

We’ve all been in that state of affairs the place we have to say whatever shrewdpermanent, yet risk free; shrewdpermanent adequate to teach a few intelligence, with out displaying off; anything humorous, yet no longer a shaggy dog story. What we'd like in that second is wit—that gleaming mix of appeal, humor, self assurance, and so much of all, the ideal phrases on the correct time.

Elements of Wit is an attractive booklet that brings jointly the best wits of our time, and former ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and lots of in between.

With chapters overlaying the basic elements of wit, this primer sheds gentle on how anyone—introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants—can locate the precise zinger, quip, parry, or retort…or not less than be a bit of extra fascinating.

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Beyond Representational Correctness: Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media

By Edward Schiappa

Representational correctness describes an implicit set of norms, together with accuracy, purity, and innocence, that advisor a lot of well known media feedback. during this provocative booklet, Edward Schiappa argues that representational correctness is unproductive, adversarial to viewers study, and customarily disconnected from proper social mental or mass verbal exchange theories. studying criticisms of such tv exhibits as Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the immediately man, Schiappa argues that the norms of representational correctness may cause critics to overlook the optimistic paintings such exhibits practice in lowering prejudice. He contends that too many critics specialise in remoted scenes or interactions that perpetuate a stereotype with out contemplating the bigger paintings that movies and tv indicates can accomplish. Schiappa concludes that popular culture critics have to interact in additional viewers examine, draw from proper examine in social psychology, compliment confident representations and programming, and advertise severe media literacy in either lecture room and public pedagogy.

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Feminist Theory and Pop Culture

By Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Feminist conception and dad tradition synthesizes feminist thought with smooth portrayals of gender in media tradition. This finished and interdisciplinary textual content contains an introductory bankruptcy written through the editor in addition to 9 contributor chapters of unique content material. incorporated within the textual content: •Historical representation of feminist thought •Application of feminist learn equipment for the learn of gender •Feminist theoretical views corresponding to the male gaze, feminist perspective thought, Black feminist proposal, queer concept, masculinity idea, theories of feminist activism and postfeminism •Contributor chapters disguise various subject matters from Western views on stomach Dance periods to tv exhibits akin to ladies, Scandal and Orange is the recent Black, in addition to chapters which debate gendered media types like “chick lit”, comedian books and Western views of non-Western tradition in movie •Feminist idea as represented within the diversified waves of feminism, together with a dialogue of a fourth wave •Pedagogical positive factors •Suggestions for extra studying on themes lined •Discussion questions for lecture room use Feminist conception and dad tradition was once designed for school room use and has been written with an eye fixed towards enticing scholars in dialogue. The book's polished point of view on feminist thought juxtaposes pop culture with theoretical views that have served as a beginning for the research of gender. This interdisciplinary textual content can function a chief or supplemental analyzing in undergraduate or graduate classes which concentrate on gender, popular culture, feminist idea or media reports. “This first-class anthology grounds feminism as articulated via 4 waves and lines feminists responding to popular culture, whereas spotting that pop culture has replied in complex how one can feminisms. individuals proffer lucid and interesting opinions of subject matters starting from abdominal dancing via Fifty colors of gray, Scandal and Orange is the recent Black. This e-book is an efficient learn in addition to a great textual content to brighten up and tell within the classroom.” – Dr. Jane Caputi, Professor of ladies, Gender and Sexuality experiences and verbal exchange & Multimedia at Florida Atlantic college “Feminist thought and pa tradition is destined to be as renowned because the tradition it reviews. The textual content performs up the paradoxes of up to date feminism and calls for its readers to invite tricky questions about how and why the preferred carry us excitement. it's a modern assortment that captures this second in feminist time with assorted analyses of women's representations throughout a magnificent swath of pop culture. Feminist concept and dad tradition is the type of textual content that makes me are looking to redecorate my popular culture direction. Again.” – Dr. Ebony A. Utley, affiliate Professor of conversation at California kingdom University-Long seashore, writer of Rap and Religion'As a lady who attempts to deliver a feminist point of view to conversations with those that could by no means have thought of how feminist histories and theories have an effect on them, i've been awaiting a set like this!'Emily Lindin, founding father of The UnSlut undertaking, writer of UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir, and writer of'Slut: A Documentary Film'.'Feminist idea & popular culture deals a few first-class fabric for undergraduate instructing. I'm in particular all for the modern and hugely correct analyses of Olivia Pope from Scandal (Griffin) and the newly stylish go back of stomach dancing (Moe). through supplying readers with concrete and prevalent examples from pop culture media and practices, Trier-Bieniek's assortment enables students'grasp of theoretical fabrics. Feminist research of Black stereotypes gather an urgency and readability for undergraduates while associated with and explicated via Scandal, one of many few exhibits a majority of my scholars watch.

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The Curse of the Werewolf: Fantasy, Horror and the Beast Within

By Chantal Bourgault du Coudray

Looking on the how the werewolf has been interpreted through anthropologists, psychologists and criminologists, the writer explores the werewolf's visual appeal throughout a couple of renowned varieties, from movie to photograph novels. the writer appears on the roots of the parable and at its visual appeal in Gothic horror, at rules of ""the beast within"" and Freud's ""wolf-man"" to representations of illegal activity, wolf imagery in Nazism, the ""body horror"" movies of the Eighties and eventually, to the werewolf's revival in modern fantasy.

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