Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Queer Theory and Third-Wave Feminism in Pauline Oliveros’s Meditative Works
by Ramirez, Eloy, M.M., The University of Arizona, 2020, 71; 28025772
Abstract (Summary)

Pauline Oliveros’s (1932–2016) work is characterized by its activist influences. With compositions such as Sonic Meditations, Deep Listening, and Crow’s Nest, it seems clear that her experiences as a queer and feminist woman were integral influences in her work. Oliveros flourished in the 1980s and witnessed major changes in the feminist and LGBT movements. Her output reveals an early transition from a second- to third-wave feminist mentality. Through archival research and in-depth analysis of pieces such as MMM, a Lullaby for Daisy Pauline, this thesis will demonstrate how Oliveros’s relationship with third-wave feminism and queer theory shaped her musical aesthetic.

Oliveros’s oeuvre reveals parallels to third-wave feminism before its formal conception. I will demonstrate the significance of her collaborations with political activists, her intentions behind select compositions, and how her compositional trends mirror third-wave and queer ideas not yet widely adopted by advocacy groups of the era.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mugmon, Matthew
Commitee: Rosenblatt, Jay, Post, Jennifer C., Brobeck, John T.
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music history, Womens studies, Gender studies
Keywords: American music, Feminism, Oliveros, Pauline, Queer theory, Social sciences, Women composers
Publication Number: 28025772
ISBN: 9798662463486
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