Cosey Fanni Tutti, Age and Place

Gardner, Abigail S ORCID: 0000-0003-2994-741X (2023) Cosey Fanni Tutti, Age and Place. In: Womens Rock Memoirs: Music, History, and Life-Writing. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 225-241. ISBN 9780197659328 9780197659366

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This chapter focuses on Cosey Fanni Tutti’s 2017 memoir, Art, Sex, Music, in relation to the importance of place in aging and memoir, specifically with regard to transgression and being “difficult.” It argues that the medium/place, or format, of a written memoir combined with the temporal/place, or timing, of the vantage point of an older literary voice does something to the status of the transgressive performances of her youth. There is a change in register enabled by reflection and distance that allows for the processing of such transgressions. In parallel to this process, there is a continuing tension that cannot be wholly suppressed. Tutti’s memoir goes some way to valorizing a non-phallocentric place, by writing into popular cultural history the “fanni” of the opera. This “fanni” is about feminine power in relation to sex, sound, and the body now made legible through twenty-first-century memoir.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cosey Fanni Tutti; aging; temporal; transgression; body
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Abigail Gardner
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2023 09:44
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 08:30

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