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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

From Johnny Cash to 50cent: Misogyny and Murder in American Music

This presentation analyzes and compare lyrics from popular American songs concerning murder of women or violence towards women. As the title suggests, that lyrics are presented, written by or recorded by Johnny Cash and 50Cent, but also shown will be modern songs have historical predecessors in several traditional bluegrass songs, labeled “murder ballads,” and blues songs. This presentation will conclude with a discussion of whether the recent song lyrics are more extreme in regards to violence and misogyny than the traditional or earlier songs.

Presenter: John Curry (Faculty)
Topic: English
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 4:30 pm (Session V)