Defining Doom Through Women's Experience: Deterritorialising Doom Metal Signifiers

Stevens, Frankie (2018) Defining Doom Through Women's Experience: Deterritorialising Doom Metal Signifiers. In: ISMMS/PSN Doing Metal, Being Punk,Doing Punk, Being Metal: Hybridity, Crossover and Difference in Punk and Metal Subcultures, 13-14 December 2018, De Montford University.

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The male has acted as gatekeeper for the majority of discourse in metal, ingraining gender essentialist masculinity into the understanding of the music and its subcultures. This concept is wholly embodied in Robert Walser’s (1993) term ‘excription’ - the writing out of women from metal. Through the analysis of doom metal music, iconography and subculture in relation to ethnographic narratives of a group of women doom fans, this paper aims to deterritorialise doom metal of its various musical and subcultural signifiers thus stripping it of gender essentialist connotation; actualising the antithesis of Walser’s ‘excription’ theory, that of women’s rescription.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Music > Popular Music
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Music
Depositing User: Frankie Stevens
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 10:36
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:24


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