Date of Award

12-14-2021

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Tiffany King PhD

Second Advisor

Susan Talburt PhD

Third Advisor

Julie Kubala PhD

Abstract

This thesis posits a primary role for the body in the deconstruction of ideological and cultural meaning such as religious and nationalist doctrines. Through the analysis of the work of vocal artists and performers I examine the ways in which contexts of meaning are altered. By centering their sound practices, as well as my own, I articulate possibilities for what I call “un-meaning” that nonetheless preserve cultural ties and practices of belonging that create “broken continuities.”

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