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Body Vandalism: Lady Gaga, Disability, and Popular Culture

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Title:Body Vandalism: Lady Gaga, Disability, and Popular Culture
Authors:Smit, Christopher
Lady Gaga
Date Issued:2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Smit, C. (2014). Body Vandalism: Lady Gaga, Disability, and Popular Culture. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 10(1 & 2).
Series:vol. 10, no. 1 & 2
Abstract:This essay investigates the employment of disability by the pop star Lady Gaga. Working through different illustrations of disability in her videos it is argued that Lady Gaga ushers in a new aesthetic and political platform on which disability can be redefined. In particular, the author argues that Lady Gaga unconsciously performs within the space of what Siebers has named a disability aesthetic in which the different bodies reformulate the expectations and desires of the art object. The context of popular culture is explained as a necessary component of this reframing.
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 10, No. 1 & 2

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