Grounded in the field of celebrity studies and analyzed through an intersectional lens, this paper untangles the seemingly incongruent discursive knot that constitutes Beyoncé’s feminist identity. I claim that the divergent discourses circulating through her star text tell us something about the state of feminism today. As such, she does not merely display the tension within her own star text, but, as celebrity feminists perforce do, also the tension within the (post-)feminist debate in American society.
Celebrity feminism, commodification, celebrity culture, Beyoncé.
Digressions 2.2 (2017), pp. 29-44
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