From Gossip Girls to Cultural Critics: Writing about Rock and Pop Music

A talk by Kevin Dettmar.

In the mid-1960s, a distinctive new branch of American letters began to bear fruit: smart, sometimes funny, sometimes trenchant writing about rock and pop. Rock writers were exploring unmapped territory. They had the task of proving the music worthy of serious consideration, and forging the critical tools that would bring to light those things the music did best. Though they never became household names, two women journalists — Joan Scott and Lillian Roxon — taught Americans how to write about and listen to rock. Kevin Dettmar tells their story.

Kevin J. H. Dettmar, the W.M. Keck Professor of English and chair of the English department at Pomona College, splits his research and teaching between British and Irish modernism (especially James Joyce) and contemporary popular music. A leading rock scholar and a literary, music and cultural critic, he is editor of the 33 1/3 series, and co-editor of Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z. He has written for academic anthologies as well as popular publications like The Atlantic Monthly.

Co-sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies.

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Tyrrell Hall, Auditorium
2930 East 6th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700

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Oklahoma Center for the Humanities






Free and open to the public

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