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Cassandra's Plight: Gender, Genre, and Historical Concepts of Femininity in Goth and Power Metal

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Authors Linnea Åshede
Anna Foka
Published in Classical Antiquity in Heavy Metal Music / edited by K. F. B. Fletcher and Osman Umurhan.
Pages 97-114
ISBN 9781350075351
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
Place of publication London
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Historical Studies
Pages 97-114
Language en
Keywords Heavy Metal; Cassandra; Antiken; Genusforskning; Musikvetenskap; Kulturstudier
Subject categories Music, Performing Arts, Musicology, Specific Literatures, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Historical cultures, Cultural Studies, Classical archaeology and ancient history, Gender Studies


The authors focus on the trope of powerful historical feminities in two subgenres of heavy metal: goth and power metal. Through the case study of Cassandra - cursed by Apollo with perfect prophecies that nobody believes - the authors discuss how 20th century metal bands employ classical imagery to critique heterosexual power-relations, or look beyond gender to access the universal human conditions.

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