Date of Award

1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Music

First Advisor

John J. Sheinbaum, Ph.D.

Keywords

Country Music, Feminism, Gender, Music, Popular Music, Women

Abstract

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.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Madeline Rachel Morrow

File size

150 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Music, Gender Studies, Modern History

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