David Bowie: Critical Perspectives

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Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane, Martin Power
Routledge, Mar 24, 2015 - Music - 324 pages

David Bowie: Critical Perspectives examines in detail the many layers of one of the most intriguing and influential icons in popular culture. This interdisciplinary book brings together established and emerging scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds, including musicology, sociology, art history, literary theory, philosophy, politics, film studies and media studies. Bowie’s complexity as a singer, songwriter, producer, performer, actor and artist demands that any critical engagement with his overall work must be interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in its scope. The chapters are organised around the key themes of ‘textualities’, ‘psychologies’, ‘orientalisms’, ‘art and agency’ and ‘performing and influencing’ in Bowie’s work. This comprehensive book contributes a great deal to the study of popular music, performance, gender, religion, popular media and celebrity.


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1 David Bowie is
Bowie Nihilism and Meaning
Ashes to Ashes and the case for Pierrot
David Bowie in the 1990s and Discovery of Authentic Self
David Bowie Carl Jung and the Unconscious
A psychoanalytical approach to some of his personae
David Bowie and Japonism in fashion in the 1970s
Reconsidering David Bowie in the 1980s
Reading some Bowie Album Covers
12 Revisiting Bowies Berlin
the Extraordinary Rock Star as Film Star
14 The becomingwoMan Who Fell to Earth
Ziggy Stardust and the Spatial Interplay of Lyrics Vocals and Performance
Questions of Fandom and Late Style
17 How SuperficialBowie and the Art of Surfacing in 21st Century Literature

David Bowie in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
10 Arts Filthy Lesson

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About the author (2015)

Eoin Devereux is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is the author of Understanding the Media (2nd edition, 2007) and editor of Media Studies: Key Issues and Debates (2007).

Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist based in the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She co-edited Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities (2011) with Eoin Devereux and Martin Power. Her areas of research interest include ethnomusicological theory and practice, popular music and culture studies, performance studies, and urban soundscape studies.

Martin Power is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Recent publications include Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities (2011, co-edited with Eoin Devereux and Aileen Dillane) and Marxist Perspectives on Irish Society (2011, co-edited with Micheal O’Flynn, Odette Clarke and Paul M. Hayes).

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