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Professor King’s Interview with CNN

Posted by on Monday, February 3, 2020 in News & Events.

Professor King recently gave an interview with CNN’s Brandon Tensley, a national political writer, discussing the new Lana Wilson documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana.” Professor King offers her insight on Swift in relation to the changing sociopolitical landscape and current identity politics discourses. The following is an excerpt from the conversation:

“I agree that celebrities tend to function as signifiers of larger cultural and political ideas. To describe that process, I often use the word metonymy — a figure of speech for when you can compare two things because of their association. So if we say Taylor Swift, as you said, we’re not necessarily talking about her — we’re talking about the various ideas associated with her.”

Check out the full interview here!