From Gold Dust Women to Girls against God: Queer Awakenings and Spirituality in Feminist Music and Their Fan Communities


Andrea L. Glass (University of Delaware)

“From Gold Dust Women to Girls against God: Queer Awakenings and Spirituality in Feminist Music and Their Fan Communities” addresses representations of a queer afterlife and queer spirituality, in popular culture, particularly music and explores the formation of intentional queer communities and spiritual utopias through music. The paper also examines the ways in which fan-based communities of certain musicians, from Florence Welch to Brandi Carlile’s Bramily, are creating queer folk communities that are intersectional, centered on social justice, and intentionally spiritual. Florence Welch released her 2022 album Dance Fever, with a custom tarot deck and participatory opportunities. With titles like Choreomania, Girls Against God, Prayer Factory, and Heaven is Here, Welch’s album was undeniably spiritual, feminist, and queer. This paper shows how Welch is one of many musical artists that are subverting authority and challenging patriarchy, heteronormativity, and the male gaze with their work.

Part of 02-08 Queer Folkloristics across Time and Space, Thursday, November 02, 10:30 am–12:30 pm