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Madonna, bawdy & soul

Author: Karlene Faith; Frances Wasserlein
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How do bad girls get away with it? How did Madonna, subject of public outcry for her controversial performances and her book Sex, become a superstar of pop culture and a role model for teenage girls? Why now, as star of Evita and a new mother, is she becoming a mainstream hero?
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Faith, Karlene.
Madonna, bawdy & soul.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c1997
(OCoLC)639329974
Named Person: Madonna; Madonna; Madonna (Sängerin); Madonna
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karlene Faith; Frances Wasserlein
ISBN: 0802042082 9780802042088 0802080634 9780802080639
OCLC Number: 39181081
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.

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How do bad girls get away with it? How did Madonna, subject of public outcry for her controversial performances and her book Sex, become a superstar of pop culture and a role model for teenage girls? Why now, as star of Evita and a new mother, is she becoming a mainstream hero?

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.

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