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Who's calling? Telephone songs, female vocal empowerment and signfication

Colton, Lisa (2014) Who's calling? Telephone songs, female vocal empowerment and signfication. In: Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Peforming Gender, Fashion, and Culture. Routledge Studies in Popular Music . Routledge, New York, pp. 67-81. ISBN 9780415824521

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The cultural history of the telephone is one that has run in parallel with that of recorded technology in popular music. Both histories are invoked by the corpus of “telephone songs”, songs whose lyrics focus chiefly on the mediation of a romantic relationship by telecommunication technology. Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”, originally a solo project designed for Britney Spears but later a collaboration with Beyoncé, exploits the standard conventions of the telephone song genre. Common tropes are explored, but also sometimes subverted through playful manipulation of the expectations for women in relation to technology, sexuality, race and gender.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Lisa Colton
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2014 12:01
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:35


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