Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
John J. Sheinbaum, Ph.D.
Country music, Feminism, Gender, Music, Popular music, Women
This thesis examines songs about cheating performed by women in country music that appeared on year-end country songs charts in Billboard magazine from 1962 through 2015. The study of a total of fifty qualifying songs included a focus on their lyrical and musical content, the performers' personae and careers, and the way the particular outside factors of feminism and changing gender relations in American society may have influenced them. These songs do not show a purely linear progression of or emphasis on social change, in spite of country music's pride in conveying the truth about the lives of its songwriters, performers, and audience members. Rather, country's hit cheating songs by women indicate that unique factors including and in addition to feminism and social change influence each song individually.
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Madeline Rachel Morrow
Received from ProQuest
Morrow, Madeline Rachel, "Women's Hit Cheating Songs: Country Music and Feminist Change in American Society, 1962-2015" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1258.
Music, Gender Studies, Modern History