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self-reflexive

Subject: Literature

A term applied to literary works that openly reflect upon their own processes of artful composition. Such self‐referentiality is frequently found in modern works of fiction that repeatedly ...

Kalapana

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J.W. Junker

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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258 words

...bridges, rock-inflected solos, and self-reflexive lyrics or instrumental jams. Founding members were D.J. Pratt (guitar/percussion/vocals), Malani Bilyeu (guitar/bass/vocals), Mackey Feary (guitar/piano/bass/vocals), and Kirk Thompson (keyboards, bass, vocals), joined frequently by Michael Paulo (sax/flute) and Alvin Fejarang (drums). Feary and Bilyeu served as the main songwriters and singers. Early shows at The Toppe Ada Shoppe led to their opening for Cecilio & Kapono and visiting artists. Their self-titled debut album in 1975 was a local...

Nickelback

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Leanne Fetterley

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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302 words

...in both mainstream rock and pop radio formats. This broad appeal owes much to Kroeger's narrative texts, which adhere to a distinct polarity between macho tales of sex and alcohol (“Something in your mouth”) and earnest love songs (“If everyone cared”). The sardonic and self-reflexive single “Rock Star” is a notable exception to Nickelback's overall preponderance for sincere expression. Nickelback's reception has been particularly divisive. While fans have propelled the band's worldwide sales to over 30 million albums, critics have consistently lambasted...

Benny, Jack

Benny, Jack (14 Feb 1894)   Reference library

Todd Decker

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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494 words

...of regular characters and lasting from 1932 to 1955 . The nascent situation comedy genre developed many of its fundamental contours in Benny's well-scripted and rehearsed programs. A self-reflexive show about a radio star, the cast included figures from the world of popular music: bandleader Phil Harris and boy singer Dennis Day performed on almost every episode. Benny's self-absorbed, cheapskate character—described by comedy writer Larry Gelbart as “a giant of pettiness”—allowed his co-stars to get laughs at his expense. The pregnant pause was Benny's...

Video

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John Richardson

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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3,354 words

...high and low cultural forms. Most controversial about Kaplan's writing is her belief that videos are intrinsically postmodern. In comparison to other visual media forms, she argues, videos broke established codes of linear visual narration and thematized these codes in a self-reflexive way. In her view, this produces a free-play of blank signifiers (implying pastiche more than parody) that is understood to be symptomatic of the fragmented postmodern condition while offering an implicit critique of conventional audiovisual forms. Writing in the early 1990s,...

Rap

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David Toop, Charise Cheney, Loren Kajikawa, and Charise Cheney

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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5,504 words

...success in the 1990s with the jazz-influenced rap group Digable Planets, and found new audiences as the co-leader of the collective Shabazz Palaces, which released the album Black Up ( 2011 ) to critical acclaim. Other recent developments include a heightened sense of self-reflexivity and irony in the genre. New York-based underground duo Das Racist, for example, captured public attention with the viral download “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” ( 2008 ). Since then, they and a number of co-conspirators have injected a destabilizing element of...

Television music

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Ronald W. Rodman

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...the proclivity demonstrated in Miami Vice to feature pop tunes in its narrative was copied by shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 , The O.C. , Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Dawson's Creek , and Grey's Anatomy . In turn, from the 1980s music exhibited postmodern traits of self-reflexive parody and pastiche in programs like Chicago Hope , Pee-wee's Playhouse , and The Simpsons . Rap music, or at least a version of it, appeared with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air . Despite the plethora of music styles featured in TV programs of the 1980s and 90s, the overall...

Criticism

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Lars Helgert

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
11,698 words

...magazines aimed at the intelligentsia, such as The Dial and the New Republic , using a writing style influenced by Huneker in its “impressionistic” use of subjectivity. Rosenfeld gave new music the attention it needed, but he was neither an unqualified pro-modernist nor a reflexive Americanist; his modernist Americanism reflected the “high” cultural model of his readership. Rosenfeld's reaction to the use of jazz in American art music composition, an important aspect of contemporary American musical nationalism, is an illustrative example. He was more...

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