Performance and Identity: The Music of Lady Gaga

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Richard Gray, Ph.D. Carson-Newman College
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Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) is a American pop musician who has taken the world music scene by storm. Her debut album, The Fame, reached number one in the UK, Canada, Austria, Germany and Ireland. In the United States, it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Its first two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", became international number-one hits, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The album later earned a total of six Grammy Award nominations. In early 2009, Lady Gaga began her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour. In November 2009, she released her second studio album The Fame Monster, with the global chart-topping lead single "Bad Romance," and she also began a second worldwide headlining tour of the year, The Monster Ball Tour.

Lady Gaga's musical inspirations are evident: David Bowie and Queen, as well as pop musicians such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. Fashion remains a source of inspiration for both her songwriting and her concert performances. As of May 2010, Gaga had sold more than 15 million albums and over 40 million singles worldwide. In May 2010, Time magazine listed Gaga among its annual Time 100 most influential people in the world.

For the upcoming collection of critical essays entitled Performance and Identity: The Music of Lady Gaga, I am soliciting essays on a range of subjects that illustrate the influence and impact of Lady Gaga and her music. Essays will come from a range of scholars, including artists, music theoreticians and practitioners, psychologists, sociologists, cultural anthropologists, linguists, literary and theatre scholars, etc.. Junior faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract. Essays, though still critical in nature, should have a broad appeal to readers.

Sample topics may include (this list is not exhaustive-contributors are by no means limited to these):

Stereotyping American Culture in Lady Gaga
Race
Sexuality
The Use of Art in Lady Gaga's Work
The Language and/or Linguistics of Lady Gaga's Work
"The Big City"
Performance Theory
Fashion
"Ethno"/musicology
Women's Studies
Etc.

Please address inquiries and send abstracts of up to 500 words and a brief CV (as Word docs) to the editor, Richard Gray (rgray@cn.edu). Abstracts are due on Monday, August 16, 2010. Authors will be notified of their acceptance by the end of September and will be expected to submit completed essays of 5,000-8,000 words (with notes in accordance with format guidelines provided upon acceptance) in November 2010.