Have I mentioned that the ever-brilliant Critical Animals have actually given me a public forum? I will be combining my love of pop music, feminism, and story-telling to present a paper currently titled Gaga at the Gate: five scenes from mythology at this year’s This is Not Art festival in Newcastle. This is the abstract:
Sexual and racial anxiety is clearly evident in both the oldest of our myths and the newest of our pop stars. Of mythology, it is particularly apparent in the origin stories of monsters, and the circumstances and punishment of the women who birthed them. It is here that we find striking parallels with Lady Gaga: the pop star who was named mother monster by her fans. In the realm of Lady Gaga, origins recur forever. Just as The Fame anticipated The Fame Monster, The Fame Monster anticipated Born This Way: the earliest known definition of monster equates it to birth defect.
We can see the geneses of Gaga’s multiple performances/births in the stories of other mothers and other monsters. My paper will use feminist analysis to creatively explore five scenes from mythology, and their parallels with the music and performances of Lady Gaga. It will focus on the mothers of monsters: Lillith, Medusa, Pasiphae, Grendel’s Mother, and the virgin Mary, and it will offer a new definition of fame as a shared and potentially empowering space, more accessible in 2013 than ever before.
Currently taking suggestions on what I should wear to present.