From Isolation to Icons: Three Women Artists in Irish Country Music

Lynn, Christina (2022) From Isolation to Icons: Three Women Artists in Irish Country Music. Doctoral thesis, Dundalk Institute of Technology.

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This PhD examines women and their lived experience in Irish country music. Through the use of case studies of Philomena Begley, Margo O’Donnell and Susan McCann, this thesis explores how these women have negotiated identity, meaningfulness, and legacy in Irish country music. By examining how these themes are evident in the lived experience of these three artists, this thesis critically discusses gender roles, identity formations, and cultural reflections in Irish country music. This thesis provides a comprehensive understanding of Irish country music from the female perspective through a critical and in-depth investigation of gender roles, identity formations and cultural expectations. Through an examination of how women in Irish country music negotiate their gender identity, this thesis demonstrates how this music reflects Irish culture and cultural expectations. It questions how women artists’ portrayal of gender reflect cultural expectations and norms, while it also explores how their actions contributed to a reimagination of gender norms in Irish country music. By engaging with scholarship on gender, this dissertation examines how women artists create and negotiate their gender roles within music, reinforcing cultural and community identity. It also provides a new discourse on how meaningfulness is created through song lyrics and performance, and finally explores how legacy is created in Irish country music.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities > Music
Research Centres: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: David Kearney
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2022 12:11
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 12:11
License: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0

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