Self, song, other: identity at play in song

Moor, D (2017) Self, song, other: identity at play in song. PhD thesis, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.


This doctoral project uses a portfolio of original songs as a site for the research, development and testing of songwriting theory. The researcher is a professional songwriter deploying practice-led methodologies and an auto-ethnographic set of reflections in order to test theoretical considerations of both artist identity and audience identification in popular song. Interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks based on Denzin, De Nora, Frith, Jakobson, Alan F Moore, Bourdieu and Lacan amongst others are proposed for describing both the ‘-emic’ (within song) activators of identification and also the ‘-etic’ (outside song) configurations of identity within popular culture. By placing the researcher within professional songwriting situations, serviceable theory emerges which may assist future songwriters and scholars in conceiving songs as dynamics which synergise both projections of performer and accommodations of audience.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Songwriting, identity, self, song
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 15:21
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