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Friday, October 25, 2013

FREE TODAY: Music Scholars Lecture on Mexican Singer, Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel is arguably the most successful Mexican singer, songwriter, and producer of the last three decades of the twentieth century. One could begin measuring his success through the numerous Billboard, Grammy, Latin Grammy, and MTV awards, and more than 1500 Golden, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Records. The excesses one witnesses in Juan Gabriels commercial success are analogous to the stylistic excesses one observes in his vocality and the performance of his musical persona. This paper focuses on these excesses and examines them in relation to mainstream ideas about masculinity in Mexico and Latin America. Relating Juan Gabriels symbolic excess in performance to the Marxist idea of surplus, this paper takes the singers vocality as a case study to theorize the notion of jotería as a libidinal economy of excesses that puts in evidence the contradictions, silences, and absences of the Mexican and Latin American heteronormative fantasies. {Will appear in FYI on Oct 25, 2013
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
1:00 PM
Leah M. Smith Hall
Common Location Name:
Clarice Smith PAC
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Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center +1 301 405 2787

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