Author: Cheung, Oi Wun Joyce
Title: Heavy metal music lyrics : identity construction and social struggle
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2016
Subject: Songs -- Texts -- History and criticism
Heavy metal (Music) -- History and criticism.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of English
Pages: 75 pages
Language: English
Abstract: Heavy Metal as a music subculture is often deemed reference to 'violence' 'sex' 'the occult' 'drug abuse' and 'Satanism'; however, this assumption is just taken for granted by the general public without doubts. Though a steady increase of literatures from diverse research perspectives have been dedicated to study the Metal scene, few attempt to testify whether the accusation is valid and based on truth. It is this paper's aim, by systematically scrutinising attitudes negotiated in a corpus of Heavy Metal lyrics, to identify the characteristics of 'Heavy Metal identity' in the lyrical sphere and to study how the identity is constructed to resist sociocultural hegemony as a counter-discourse. This paper applies the Appraisal System to evaluate affect, judgement and appreciation expressed in lyrics, and then studies how such attitudes contribute to construct the Heavy Metal identity. Ultimately, Critical Discourse Analysis of the identity struggle and the dialectic relationship with cultural practices would shed light on the difficulty for Heavy Metal to get rid of such oppressions.
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