Music in Youth Culture: A Lacanian Approach

Music in Youth Culture: A Lacanian Approach

Jan Jagodzinski

Language: English

Pages: 332


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Music in Youth Culture examines the fantasies of post-Oedipal youth cultures as displayed on the landscape of popular music from a post-Lacanian perspective. Jan Jagodzinski, an expert on Lacan, psychoanalysis, and education's relationship to media, maintains that a new set of signifiers is required to grasp the sliding signification of contemporary 'youth'. He discusses topics such as the figurality of noise, the perversions of the music scene by boyz/bois/boys and the hysterization of it by gurlz/girls/grrrls. Music in Youth Culture also examines the postmodern 'fan (addict)', techno music, and pop music icons. Jagodzinski raises the Lacanian question of 'an ethics of the Real' and asks educators to re-examine 'youth' culture.

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Bardot are almost all white to suit its demographics. Only Tiffany has a darker skin tone. As their name suggests their chaste-femme fatale mix is played with in songs like “Poison” and “I’d Should’ve Never Let you Go” (Made By Me). They are naughty chaste. New Zealand’s tRueBliss fares out better. With the loss of Carly Binding there is more Maori representation and more differentiated skin tones. Erika and Meagan have darker skin than Joe and Keri who have pale skin. An iconic blond white

jouissance through their aims, which continually turn around their object. On the other hand there is a “beyond” of castration—a desublimation, where human finitude is transgressed and the Symbolic Order is disregarded, the Other falls away. In Youth Fantasies (2004, 82), rightly or wrongly, the concept of zoë, as “bare” biological life; that is, life common to animals and men denuded of any political protection, was interpreted as the presence of “youth” as such; that is, as the libidinal energy

Bashing/Bashing Lacan Sexuation: Beyond Sex/Gender Skin-Ego as BwO The Jouissance of the Death Drive Music as Sound of “Matter”: The Clamor of Becoming 7 8 13 18 24 28 2. The Figurality of Noise and the Silence of the Death Drive Musical Transgressions: The Event The Virtual Body and the Real 33 33 38 3. The Uncanny Figural Voice Ethical Paradoxes of the Deadly Jouissance of Postmodernity Forms of Jouissance Perversions and Hysterizations of the Music Scene On Castrati and Divas 45 45 48 51

self-therapeutic work of art. MM’s autobiography written with Neil Strauss, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell (1998) appeared 2 years after the success of Antichrist Superstar (1996). It provides graphic evidence for a series of childhood traumas manifest as nightmares, dreams, and empathetic numbness from which he suffers. He had an abusive and absent father who was a victim of Agent-Orange in Vietnam. Warner was a skinny-mental white-trash geek kid who was beaten up and bullied at school; at the

instance, the usual instrumental and asexual purpose of an object involved is suspended, all experience can become sexually charged (from the most crass Freudian reading, for example, a cigar becomes a phallic symbol, to the most sophisticated one, for example, the paradoxical link between sex and violence)—or it remains insufficient, left at the desexualized level. If sex is reduced to “fucking,” to pornographic instrumentalism (Hustler’s motto is “lighten up, it’s only sex”) it becomes just

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