Amy Winehouse: Back to Black and the Gothic


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Title Amy Winehouse: Back to Black and the Gothic
Creator Sledmere, Adrian Howard
Subject Music; cultural studies; psychogeography; Gothic sudies; English literary studies
Amy Winehouse, psychogeography, Gothic, Romanticism
Description This article considers Amy Winehouse through the lens of the Female Gothic. With a specific focus on her song “Back to Black” (2007) and its accompanying video, an attempt is made to Gothicize the artist: to delineate an identity forged out of a variety of personalities and metaphors drawn from the Gothic. The various themes and tropes which emerge from this genre speak to a sense of continuity in terms of the structural constraints and anxieties that women face in society. To deploy the Gothic in relation to Amy Winehouse aims to give voice to gender related issues of power and autonomy. As part of the discussion I will foreground the significance of place in relation to both her narrative and music, by embracing a psychogeographic approach. This is to exploit a natural connection between Psychogeography and the Gothic by considering the possibility of darker currents and resonances via a relationship with the uncanny which they both share.
Publisher IASPM - International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Date 2018-08-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
critical theory; textual analysis; interviews; historical enquiry
Format application/pdf
Source IASPM@Journal; Vol 8, No 1 (2018): Gender Politics in the Music Industry; 117-135
Language eng
Coverage Central Europe
18th/19th/20th/21st century

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