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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Madonna, bawdy & soul.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c1997
|Named Person:||Madonna; Madonna; Madonna (Sängerin); Madonna|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Karlene Faith; Frances Wasserlein
|ISBN:||0802042082 9780802042088 0802080634 9780802080639|
|Description:||xv, 217 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Setting the stage --
Who is this Madonna? --
Grist for feminist thinking --
The scholar and the showgirl --
Identity: sex, religion, and difference --
liberated sex crusader? --
A Careening career --
role Model? --
Only Madonna knows.
|Other Titles:||Madonna, bawdy and soul|
|Responsibility:||Karlene Faith ; appendix, selected works of Madonna by Frances Wasserlein.|
Karlene Faith says that Madonna signifies the times we live in. We are, in a sense, all responsible for who Madonna is. As fans, moral critics, media journalists, or university scholars, we mediate what she means to our society. And Madonna, as a shrewd career woman, has known how to exploit our attentions with her multiple talents. Her representation of sexual practices and values has not taken place in a political or social vacuum. She has counted on our readiness to witness the smashing of cultural taboos. Feminist reactions to Madonna have been divided. In her early career Madonna was a teenage role model, applauded as a liberated sex crusader.
Later, she raised eyebrows by portraying cynical sex with multiple partners across identity boundaries and by capitalizing on sadomasochistic imagery. Madonna, Bawdy & Soul is a celebration and critical analysis of Madonna from a feminist perspective. It will, like Madonna, provoke controversy among fans, critics, and scholars. The book includes a comprehensive listing of songs, videos, tours, films, stage roles, and Internet sites.