The Cyndi Lauper affect : bodies, girlhood and popular culture [Abstract]

Lampert, Jo, McGraw, Kelli, & Gannon, Susanne (2012) The Cyndi Lauper affect : bodies, girlhood and popular culture [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 42nd International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

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Using a collective biography method informed by a Deleuzian theoretical approach (Davies & Gannon, 2009), this paper analyses embodied memories of girlhood becomings through affective engagements with resonating images in media and popular culture. In this approach to analysis we move beyond an impasse in some feminist cultural studies where studies of popular culture have been understood through theories of representation and reception that retain a sense of discrete subjectivity and linear effects. In these approaches, analysis focuses respectively on decoding and deciphering images in terms of their normative and ideological baggage, and, particularly with moving images, on psychological readings (Coleman, 2011; Driscoll, 2002). Understanding bodies and popular culture through Deleuzian notions of ‘becoming’ and ‘assemblage’ opens possibilities for feminist researchers to consider the ways in which bodies are not separate to images but rather, are known, felt, materialised and mobilised with/through images (Coleman, 2008, 2009, 2011). We tease out the implications of this new approach to media affects through two memories of girls’ engagements with media images, reconceived as moments of embodied being within affective flows of popular culture that might momentarily extend upon the ways of being and doing girlhood.

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ID Code: 55159
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: collective biography, popular culture, Deleuze
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2012 03:41
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 13:44

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