Divas Reading Group - Organized by Hannah Silverblank '12
Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey-what is a diva, after all? What are its origins, if locatable, and how has the term evolved and developed musically, temporally, and culturally? Limited spaces; open to students, staff, and faculty. To apply, email email@example.com by Sunday, October 23rd.
The Divas Reading Group will meet weekly during the second half of the fall semester to investigate pop divahood as a textual, musical, visual, and cultural phenomenon.
Then, in spring 2012, participants will contribute writings and/or help edit/curate a journal and potential installation which will explore these many aspects of Diva culture.
The group’s ‘readings’ include critical texts, lyrical content, music videos, live performances, interviews, photographs, magazine/blog articles, social media, and music television specials. Through this blend of scholarship and popular media, the group will examine different modes of vocality, textuality, pleasure, identity, sexuality, performance/performativity, (dis)embodiment, divinity, obsession, mesmerism, poetics, and aesthetics.
Limited spaces; open to students, staff, and faculty. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, October 23rd, with your name, department, class year if applicable, and a brief paragraph explaining your interest in the seminar, past relevant experiences, and a diva who fascinates you (and why).