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American diva : extraordinary, unruly, fabulous  Cover Image Book Book

American diva : extraordinary, unruly, fabulous

Summary: "What does it mean to be a 'diva'? A shifting, increasingly loaded term, it has been used to both deride and celebrate charismatic and unapologetically fierce performers like Aretha Franklin, Divine, and the women of Labelle. In this brilliant, powerful blend of incisive cirticism and electric memoir, Deborah Paredez--scholar, cultural critic, and lifelong diva devotee--unravels our enduring fascination with these icons and explores how divas have challenged American ideas about feminism, performance, and freedom"--Dust jacket.

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  • ISBN: 1324035307
  • ISBN: 9781324035305
  • Physical Description: x, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2024]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Vikki Carr's voice -- Diva definitions : Me and Ms. (Grace) Jones -- Diva style : Tía Lucia, Prima Prima Donna -- Diva movidas : Rita and Anita -- Diva comeback : Tina and the river -- Diva monstrosity : Divine and Jaime -- Diva feminism : Aretha and the rest -- Diva relations : Celia and La India -- Diva girls : Venus and Serena -- Diva revivals : Me and Ms. (Jomama) Jones -- Diva portals : Nona and Patti and Sarah and all the space children -- Lucia's last act.
Subject: Entertainers United States
Women entertainers United States
Celebrities in popular culture

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