Madonna Studies

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Madonna Studies is a term which has been used to refer to a controversial development of a field in several studios since late 1980s.[1] One writer described the "institutionalization of a major subdivision of American media studies into Madonna studies".[2] The field related to the study of and interpretation of the work of American pop musician Madonna using an interdisciplinary approach incorporating cultural studies and media studies. A notable compendium of essays titled The Madonna Connection was published in 1993. Controversy over this field of study stemmed from discussions over the intellectual worth of pursuing academic inquiry into a pop musician, with some arguing the field was nothing more than pop cultural commentary.[3]

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  1. ^ Hall 2006, pp. 446
  2. ^ Robertson, Pamela (1996). Guilty Pleasures: Feminist Camp From Mae West to Madonna. London: Duke University Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0822317487. 
  3. ^ Schwichtenberg, Cathy (1993). The Madonna Connection: Representational Politics, Subcultural Identities, and Cultural Theory. San Francisco: Westview Press. ISBN 978-0813313979.