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Scholars@Hallwalls: Stephanie Vander Wel, “Gendered Acts of Comedy: June Carter’s Staged Performances in Country Music”

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Special Thursday Edition!

Scholars@Hallwalls is a monthly series featuring talks by Humanities Institute Faculty Fellows. Please join us in the cinema space at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center!

Complimentary wine and light fare will be served for a brief, pre-talk mingling session at this free and open-to-the-public event.

“Gendered Acts of Comedy: June Carter’s Staged Performances in Country Music”

June Carter’s public image as a member of the esteemed Carter family ensemble and a wife of the iconic Man in Black, Johnny Cash, draws from the gendered concepts of traditionalism and domesticity. By focusing on her performances on radio, television, and recording, this paper offers a revisionist narrative of Carter’s career that centers on her role as one of the most prominent country comediennes of the mid-century. Her comedic acts of female unruliness served as a means to take control of the commercial spotlight and broadened the expressive opportunities for female country artists.

This event will be simultaneously live-streamed via the Hallwalls website. The talk will begin at ~4:15pm.

About Stephanie Vander Wel, Associate Professor of Historical Musicology

Stephanie Vander Wel’s research focuses on the singing voice, performance, and representations of gender, class, race, and region in country music. Her book Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Singing Cowgirls: Women in Country Music, 1930-1960, named by PopMatters as one of the best non-fiction books of 2020, explores the sonic and embodied performances of female country artists in 1930s barn dance radio, 1940s California country music, and 1950s honky-tonk in Nashville’s country music industry. Her current research centers on humor and comedy in women’s country music of the 1950s to contemporary times.



April 11
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Humanities Institute


Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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