LEWIS, LISA A. 94-086
1984 - 1991.
These papers were donated to the Center in March 1994 by Lisa Lewis. Folders were donated in March 2008 by Lisa A. Lewis to be added to the collection.
Lisa Ann Lewis was born in Evansville Indiana 27 July 1956. She graduated from Antioch College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978, was awarded a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University in 1981 and received her doctorate from University of Texas at Austin in 1987.
While a student at Antioch College she worked as a high school teacher in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, a writer for Mountain Life and Work, a staff worker for the United Farm Workers Union; and in other positions. She taught television criticism and production for two years at Western Illinois University in Macomb Illinois and was employed as an assistant instructor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film while a student at the University of Texas at Austin.
In 1990 Temple University Press published her book Gender Politics and MTV, which was based in part on her dissertation "Female Address in Music Videos." The following year she edited the collection The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media. Both before and after the appearance of these volumes she published a number of articles on women and popular culture and presented papers on the same subject at a variety of academic symposia and conferences.
She currently lives in Los Angles California.
-- based on a vita bound into a copy of her dissertation now located in Special Collections
Scope and content:
This group consists primarily of papers, presentations and publications generated by Lewis's research on women in music videos, her own research notes and materials, which she collected during her investigations. Included also are several folders of correspondence and related materials documenting the publication of her book by Temple University Press. These papers are arranged in five series.
Series I: Graduate papers
This series includes seminar papers and research proposals developed by Lewis during her graduate career at the University of Texas. Many papers have comments by faculty on or attached to the draft. The papers are arranged chronologically followed by a folder of undated projects, a folder of advisor comments which could not be linked to a particular project, several transcripts of a Lewis interview with Pat Benatar.
Preliminary and final copies of her dissertation which were filed with this series were transferred to Special Collections.
Series II: Research resources
These files, which include clippings from popular magazines, most identified by source; Lewis's notes from other sources; her analysis of numerous music videos; and database searchers and other bibliographies have been maintained in categories organized by Lewis. They are filed in the order listed: Adolescence, MTV, Music Videos, Women in Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Tina Turner, research articles from scholarly journals and miscellaneous.
Entire issues of popular magazines owned by the Center and\or the main MTSU Library, which contained articles on topics of interest to Lewis were not retained; a list of these publications follows this inventory.
Series III: Publishers Correspondence
This series consists almost entirely of communications between Lewis and individuals at Temple University Press related to submission, review, acceptance and marketing of the manuscript "Gender Politics and MTV" and selection of and clearances for photographs used in the volume, arranged in the order listed. There follows slight scattered correspondence with the University of North Carolina Press which also considered the volume.
Series IV: Other research and publications
Included in this series are correspondence about and copies of Lewis's presentations at scholarly conferences, including requests for copies of her papers, and correspondence with editors of scholarly journals in which Lewis published articles, organized by the title of the article or name of the conference at which a presentation were made. There follow page proofs of The Adoring Audience, a collection edited by Lewis and published by Routledge in 1992.
Series V: Pat Benatar research materials
This series was received in 2008 and contains notes, interview transcripts, photographs and photographic release forms Lewis created while researching Pat Benatar for the book, Gender Politics and MTV: Voicing the Difference. Lewis considered her fieldwork with Pat Benatar among the most important work for the book. One black and white photograph of Lewis and Pat Benatar and a cassette tape of an interview with Benatar on 10/18/1988 are among the papers. Also included are slides of the first appearance of television screens showing music videos in junior wear clothing departments (circa 1988), which contributed to the formation of Lewis’ ideas about the connection of MTV and consumer girl culture.
This group is filed by accession number with other manuscript groups. The photographs described in Series II and V are filed under "Lisa A. Lewis Papers" (MAN-PR-00024) in the Iconographic collection and searchable in the InMagic Iconographic database.
Fan biographies and tour books used as research sources by Lewis were transferred to the general collection; a list of these titles follows. Preliminary and final copies of Lewis's dissertation, which were received with the papers were transferred to Special Collections.
The following issues of popular periodicals held by the Center and/or MTSU Library were weeded from this group:
Title Date Subject
Bazaar May 1988 Madonna
Cosmopolitan July 1987 Madonna
Creem April 1987 Cyndi Lauper
Entertainment 14 Dec. 1987 Madonna
17 May 1991 Madonna
28 Aug. 1992 Madonna
Esquire March 1986 Madonna
Forbes 21 Sept. 1987 Madonna
Life Aug. 1985 Tina Turner
Dec. 1986 Madonna
New York Times Mag. 18 Sept. 1988 Cyndi Lauper
Newsweek 30 Dec. 1985 MTV
People 17 Sept. 1984 Cyndi Lauper
13 May 1985 Madonna
14 Dec. 1987 Madonna
Rolling Stone 24 May 1984 Cyndi Lauper
15 July 1985 Tina Turner
16 Sept. 1985 Madonna
2 July 1990 Madonna
27 Feb 1986 Tina Turner
23 Oct 1986 Tina Turner
10 Sept. 1987 Madonna
23 March 1989 Madonna
21 Sept. 1989 Madonna
Spin Sept. 1985 Pat Benatar
Jan. 1987 Janet Jackson
April 1987 Madonna
April 1989 Madonna
TV Guide 3 Aug 1991 Madonna
23 Nov 1991 Madonna
Time 27 May 1985 Madonna
Us 7 Sept 1977 Madonna
8 Sept 1986 Tina Turner
12 June 1989 Madonna
13 June 1991 Madonna
Vanity Fair April 1990 Madonna
Dec. 1986 Madonna
July 1987 Madonna
Vogue May 1989 Madonna
April 1991 Madonna
Working Woman Dec. 1991 Madonna