Performance and Identity - The Music of Lady Gaga [FINAL UPDATE]

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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. In May 2011, Lady Gaga was named #1 on Forbes list "The Celebrity 100." With the May 23, 2011 release of her second studio album, "Born this Way," Lady Gaga continues to dominate the international music scene.

For the upcoming collection of critical essays entitled "Performance and Identity: The Music of Lady Gaga," which is currently under contract, I am soliciting several additional essays on a range of subjects that illustrate the influence and impact of Lady Gaga and her music within the specific context of her second studio album, "Born this Way." Essays must be written about the "Born This Way" album. Essays may come from a range of scholars, including artists, music theoreticians and practitioners, psychologists, sociologists, cultural anthropologists, linguists, literary and theatre scholars, etc. Essays, though 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
Identity formation/Marginalization
Religion
Women's Studies
Etc.


Please address inquiries and send COMPLETED MLA-formatted papers of approximately 7,500 words and a brief CV (as Word docs) to the editor, Richard Gray, Ph.D. (rgray@cn.edu). COMPLETE PAPERS are due on Monday, July 31, 2011. Authors will be notified of their acceptance by the end of August 2011.