Event Title

An Application of Critical Theory to Twenty One Pilots

Location

217 Science & Nursing Building

Start Date

27-4-2018 3:45 PM

End Date

27-4-2018 4:15 PM

Description

Critical theory is not limited to analyzing literature and texts. It can be used to provide meaning to many aspects in our culture, including music. Twenty One Pilots wrote a song titled "Ode to Sleep" that provides room for interpretation as it is vague and does not make sense on its own. However, I will apply some terms from psychoanalytical theory defined by Lois Tyson to explain what is going on in the song psychologically and how that is a representation of the songwriter drawing meaning from his own song. I will also apply terms from Tyson's reader response theory to illustrate how vaguer parts of the song can be explained through the listener's own interpretation. By combining these two theories of interpretation to the song, an overall message behind it will be accessed. This analysis exemplifies a dual responsibility between the artist and the audience. A complete meaning is not solely drawn from the artist, but from those observing the art as well.

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Apr 27th, 3:45 PM Apr 27th, 4:15 PM

An Application of Critical Theory to Twenty One Pilots

217 Science & Nursing Building

Critical theory is not limited to analyzing literature and texts. It can be used to provide meaning to many aspects in our culture, including music. Twenty One Pilots wrote a song titled "Ode to Sleep" that provides room for interpretation as it is vague and does not make sense on its own. However, I will apply some terms from psychoanalytical theory defined by Lois Tyson to explain what is going on in the song psychologically and how that is a representation of the songwriter drawing meaning from his own song. I will also apply terms from Tyson's reader response theory to illustrate how vaguer parts of the song can be explained through the listener's own interpretation. By combining these two theories of interpretation to the song, an overall message behind it will be accessed. This analysis exemplifies a dual responsibility between the artist and the audience. A complete meaning is not solely drawn from the artist, but from those observing the art as well.