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Beyoncé in the World

Making Meaning with Queen Bey in Troubled Times

Essays investigate Beyoncé's global impact

From Destiny's Child to Lemonade, Homecoming, and The Gift, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has redefined global stardom, feminism, Black representation, and celebrity activism. This book brings together new work from sixteen international scholars to explore Beyonce's impact as an artist and public figure from the perspectives of critical race studies, gender and women's studies, queer and cultural studies, music, and fan studies. The authors explore Beyoncé's musical persona as one that builds upon the lineages of Black female cool, Black southern culture, and Black feminist cultural production. They explore Beyoncé's reception within and beyond North America, including how a range of performers—from YouTube gospel singers to Brazilian pop artists have drawn inspiration from her performances and image. The authors show how Beyoncé's music is a source of healing and kinship for many fans, particularly Black women and queer communities of color. Combining cutting edge research, vivid examples, and accessible writing, this collection provides multiple lenses onto the significance of Beyoncé in the United States and around the world.

About the Authors

CHRISTINA BAADE (Ontario, CA) is professor and chair in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University and author of Victory through Harmony: the BBC and Popular Music in World War II. KRISTIN MCGEE (Groningen, ND) is associate professor of popular music at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the author of Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928–1959.

Endorsements

"The lyrical writing in these essays combines the classic intersections of race, gender and sexuality with themes of international fandom, celebrity activism, and construction of colorism. This collection about Beyoncé illustrates the new Black feminist cool; it is central to any discussion about music and popular culture."—Naomi André, author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

"This book shows how Beyoncé captures the imagination and speaks to our moment. Beyoncé in the World explores a surprising range of topics that swirl around this era-defining performer, including her relation to global audiences, transgender and cis identities, intersectionality, sounding bodies, costuming and gesture, motherhood, the Southern gothic, neoliberalism, fierceness, selling out, political resistance, black utopias, and social media. Sensitively and expertly curated, this collection brings us closer not only to Beyoncé but to America. This is an inspiring book that should be essential reading."—Carol Vernallis, Department of Music, Stanford University

"Beyoncé in the World makes the argument for the necessity of Beyoncé studies inside and beyond the academy. With its careful attention to geography, the politics of black celebrity, reception, and the diasporic circulation of Knowles' music, style, and image, this volume offers a model for complex and rigorous cultural studies. Grounded in close readings and careful visual analyses, Beyoncé in the World offers innovative theoretical and methodological tools for the study of black feminist cultural production."—Jennifer C. Nash, author of Black Feminism Reimagined
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