ISSN: 20523998
First published in 2015
3 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2017
Female rhetoric: Identity, persona and the academic and popular divide in the (cultural and critical) study of metal
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Authors:  Mark J. Porrovecchio 
DOI: 10.1386/mms.3.2.329_1

rhetoric,rhetorical persona and personae,speech communication,critical and cultural studies

There has been a substantial amount of productive scholarship, particularly in the areas of critical and cultural studies, regarding the depictions of women in metal music. At the same time, there remains a divide between this important academic work and those who are popular consumers of metal. This short essay offers a potential middle path between the two. Through the use of interviews with three women involved in creating content related to metal, the author offers a two-part suggestion: (1) that the divide itself might be a matter less of content than of translation and (2) that rhetoric, of the sort practiced in departments of speech communication, could potentially provide another useful option when presenting scholarship to popular audiences.
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