Madonna, bawdy and soul

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University of Toronto Press, Nov 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 pages
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 trashing 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

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Contents

Who Is This Madonna?
41
The Scholar and the Showgirl
75
Sex Religion and Difference
88
Copyright

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Karlene Faith is a pop culture fan and associate professor oKarlene Faith is a pop culture fan and associate professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University. Her previous booksf criminology at Simon Fraser University. Her previous books include Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement and Resis include Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement and Resistance, which won the VanCity Book Prize in 1994. tance, which won the VanCity Book Prize in 1994.