Mentor: Andrew Denning, Assistant Professor, History
Cool-Britannia: How British Pop Shaped Conceptions of Identity in 1990s Britain
This research uses a historical-sociological approach to study the role of the music genre British Pop (popularly referred to as Britpop). Britpop was a musical movement with a nation-wide appeal. The music featured lyrics and themes that brought British life to the forefront at a time where popular culture had been previously dominated by the American entertainment industry. Britpop’s popularity and influence can be understood through the lens of mass culture. Britpop’s surge in popularity from relative obscurity to panoptic coverage by the media, resulted in a state of cultural omnipresence.