SERIES AND COLLECTIONS:
Rachel explores the problematic nature of women’s voices, highlighting the criticism of Joanna Newsom’s as linked to persistent fears surrounding the untraditional female voice.
Melissa’s in depth look at the Bluebeard myth in the song “Go Long” as it relates to previous retellings and modern adaptations by Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Rachel, on a recurrent theme in Newsom’s work: motherhood and fertility. She writes about Joanna’s complex exploration of the role that her female narrators’ fertility plays in their creative lives, their conceptions of their own bodies and the way they are treated by the other characters in her lyrical worlds.
One of our favourite songs to dissect, it seems! Here is a collection of posts by Melissa, Rachel, and some of our readers on the feminist narrative in this wonderful fable.
“When Bear Stepped Clear of Bear…” by Melissa
“The Baring and Burying of Bear” by Melissa
One of the richest songs in Joanna Newsom’s corpus, Melissa in two stand-alone posts focuses on the portrayals of sexuality, gender, pregnancy, and femininity in the song.
A favourite among critical fans, and the source of endless discussion and debate. These posts touch on issues of motherhood, abortion, fertility, miscarriage and adoption.
“Baby Birch” is a Baby Lost by Melissa
“Baby Birch,” Abortion Stigma, and Kyriarchy by Melissa
One of the newest songs in Joanna Newsom’s corpus, Rachel and Melissa share their initial reactions and feminist analyses of the song.
Melissa explores the themes of dependency, agency, alcoholism, love, self-victimization, and femininity manifest in “Easy,” “Have One on Me,” “Good Intentions Paving Company,” “No Provenance,” “In California,” “Jackrabbits,” “Go Long,” and “Does Not Suffice.”
STAND ALONE POSTS:
These posts by Melissa, Rachel and guest contributors cover a variety of topics and range from close readings of individual songs to discussions of album artwork.
“Peach, Plum, Pear” and Power by Melissa
“The Book of Right-On” and Power by Melissa
The Abuses of Enchantment by Rachel (our very first post!)