• Medievalising Narratives in Heavy Metal: When Fascist and Non-Fascist Discourses Are Indistinguishable

    Author(s):
    Amaranta Saguar García (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Politics and government, Medievalism, Heavy metal (Music)--Instruction and study
    Item Type:
    Presentation
    Meeting Title:
    Virtual International Medieval Congress
    Meeting Loc.:
    Leeds
    Meeting Date:
    6th-10th July 2020
    Tag(s):
    Epics, Fascism, Alt-Right, Metal Music, Politics, Metal Music Studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/pseq-jp60
    Abstract:
    The fascination of both fascism and heavy metal for similar aspects of the Middle Ages (power, masculinity, heroism...) and their reliance on a shared cultural background of medievalising Western pop-culture make it difficult to distinguish heavy metal narratives from fascist ones. In this paper I will explore how undistinguishable medievalising lyrics by far-right and presumably non-far-right heavy metal bands can turn out to be and discuss, first, the reasons behind this indistinguishability and, second, the options available, if any, to sing about the Middle Ages without unwillingly supporting far-right friendly discourses.
    Notes:
    Paper read the 9th of July 2020.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 years ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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