Seminar: Miley Cyrus: When She Shattered Hannah Montana

Seminar: Miley Cyrus: When She Shattered Hannah Montana

MLAL Research Seminar Series 
 
Thursday 6 April 2-3:30, MC2-005
 
Miley Cyrus: When She Shattered Hannah Montana
 
 
Vanesa Camacho, PhD student and Language Assistant for Spanish in the School of MLAL
 
Miley Cyrus started her career as Hannah Montana, that is, the idealised fiction of American white femininity deeply embedded in the Western grid of intelligibility. However, when Cyrus turned to the age of consent, she attempted to move away from that fixed illusion by transitioning into a more fluid identity that rested on virtual simulations of her anatomy aimed to overtly disrupt the heteronormative gaze. Hence my dissertation examines how this celebrity has challenged the Hannah Montana alter ego imposed on her through the incorporation of cultural and prosthetic masculine codes, elements of the ratchet culture and the reversing of the Lacanian being-the phallus position. Furthermore, I also aim to demonstrate how she has partially failed to destabilise the normative gaze for two major reasons. First, the performative display of porn and infantilised values inscribed on her body, and second, Cyrus´s use of black female and male bodies reproducing the fictions of black identities that can be traced back to the capitalist system of the slave plantation inasmuch as she dared to hold the position of power of white male masters, a privilege denied to white women.