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Semantic shock: David Bowie!

Cinque, Toija 2015, Semantic shock: David Bowie!. In Cinque,Toija, Moore, C. and Redmond, S. A. (ed), Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory, Bloomsbury, New York, N. Y., pp.197-214.

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Title Semantic shock: David Bowie!
Author(s) Cinque, ToijaORCID iD for Cinque, Toija
Title of book Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory
Editor(s) Cinque,ToijaORCID iD for Cinque,Toija
Moore, C.
Redmond, S. A.ORCID iD for Redmond, S. A.
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 16
Start page 197
End page 214
Total pages 17
Publisher Bloomsbury
Place of Publication New York, N. Y.
Keyword(s) popular music
cultural studies
stardom and celebrity
performing arts
fan cultures
David Bowie
celebrity studies
Summary David Bowie embodies certain identity positions that are alien, alternative, and transgressive via metaphor and alter-egos that render him essentially strange. This chapter argues that by using metaphor and metonym throughout his visual and sonic creations, David Bowie has been largely freed from the constraints of merely describing the world; his use of metaphor and metonym have afforded possible reevaluations of the world, in new ways, by breaking the association between language and things. His own sonic and visual assemblage have allowed fissures to be created; new and multiple meanings rendered possible and valid, with his work going beyond both the creator and viewing/listening-body. Using Sara Ahmed’s (2004) social philosophies of trauma and scarring, the chapter argues that what David Bowie’s work frequently does is ‘re-open wounds’ and reminds us of the scars; asking us to notice their existence, to become more aware, in the first instance. But then, offers a means to negotiate their healing.
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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