Billie Holiday and the discipline of progress

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In Chapter 8, Tracy Fessenden situates Billie Holiday within a context of proscription and oppression, a context which both constrained Holiday and was rejected by her. A black woman in early twentieth-century America, Holiday faced racial and gendered oppression and segregation, but her career as a jazz icon firmly denied the kinds of limitations that should otherwise have defined her identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCultural Icons and Cultural Leadership
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781786438065
ISBN (Print)9781786438058
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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