Subversive desires : exploring the sexuality enacted by the musical performances of Liz Phair & P.J. Harvey.

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dc.contributor.author Moodley, Dhersen
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:02:07Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-28T09:02:07Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-28T09:02:07Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8152
dc.description.abstract The idea of a subversive female sexual desire is certainly controversial as it begs the question how we can know and at what point(s) does this desire become subversive. The work of two female musicians: Liz Phair and PJ Harvey, specifically through their albums ‘Exile in Guyville’ and ‘Rid of Me’ respectively, are the inspiration behind a subversive female sexual desire. These two musicians appear to communicate through the mentioned albums a desire that contrasts the way in which female musicians traditionally express matters pertaining to their sexual desire. What emerges then are arguments surrounding the epistemological and ontological structures that underpin a female sexual desire, especially as the notion of subversion speaks to a convention that such structures maintain that is perhaps more exclusive than one imagines it to be. Music as a medium in which a female sexual desire is enacted is perhaps a way for women to exercise matters pertaining to their sexual desire, especially when one imagines how subversion hints at expressions of such a desire being more exclusive than inclusive for women. Music then becomes a mode of expression for women allowing them creativity, space and reflection to explore their sexual desires in a manner that is endless. Music however is not without its own prejudices and restrictions in terms of neutrality it may accord women in exploring their desire with a sense of authenticity. Music especially as an industry is riddled with tensions and struggles regarding the commodification of music, the overriding influence of popular culture and how this compromises the extent to which artistic integrity and honesty is maintained. Against the idea put forth of a subversive female sexual desire and the extent to which Liz Phair and PJ Harvey represent this as well as the implications such subversion has for a female sexual desire, seven participants three male and four female, from all racial groupings, and above the ages of twenty-one have been interviewed using a semi-structured interview. The interview sought to explore participant’s perceptions primarily on female musicians on matters pertaining to sexual desire using Liz Phair and PJ Harvey as models almost to explore the matter. en_US
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dc.title Subversive desires : exploring the sexuality enacted by the musical performances of Liz Phair & P.J. Harvey. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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