Author Biography

Andrew Black is an Associate Professor of English and Philosophy at Murray State University. His work covers Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric and Literature.


This article addresses the way in which the teaching of Anne Finch and Katherine Philips can be enhanced with classroom discussion of a surprising modern parallel: the sometimes coercive artistic and personal constraints placed on contemporary female pop artists by male producers. Focusing on Kesha, my class compares her recent struggles for autonomy and justice to the peculiar creative conditions which Anne Finch and Katherine Philips had to endure, inviting students to use their popular culture knowledge to gain a more nuanced insight into the historical gendering of creative cultures.


Kesha, Anne Finch, Katherine Philips, Me Too, Pop Music