'Some guy designed this room I'm standing in': Marking gender in press coverage of Ani DiFranco

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Authors: Feigenbaum, A.

Journal: Popular Music

Volume: 24

Issue: 1

Pages: 37-56

ISSN: 0261-1430

DOI: 10.1017/S0261143004000285

Examining ways in which gender is marked in the press coverage of self-produced, folk-rock artist and record label owner Ani DiFranco, this paper explores how language employed in rock criticism frequently functions to devalue and marginalise women artists' musicianship, influence on fans, and contribution to the rock canon. Investigating how the readerships of different publications may influence the ways in which journalists mark gender in rock criticism, this study utilises a corpus of 100 articles on Ani DiFranco published between 1993 and 2003 from print and online magazines and newspapers in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Focusing on the use of inter- and intra-gender artist comparisons, adjectival gender markers and 'metaphorical gender' markers in artist background information, lyrical and musical analyses and descriptions of fans, this analysis maps the discursive conventions that music critics and theorists continue to rely on in reviews and profiles of women artists. Copyright © 2005 Cambridge University Press.

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