Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

Brando Skyhorse

Major

English, Anthropology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis seeks to complicate the stereotypical association between metal music, along with those who listen to it, and a hegemonic hyper-masculinity. Instead, it posits that the space and occupants of the metal gig engender a highly affective relationality, referred to as unyielding love: unyielding in its lack of physical and psychical restraint, loving in its focus on intimacy and care. Based upon ethnographic fieldwork completed in Dublin and Belfast during the summer of 2015, this work presents fictions as points of theoretical inquiry, ones attuned to the affective and the performative, ones that problematize common binaries such as masculine and feminine, individual and collective, sound and silence and the critical and the creative.

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