Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Chris McRae, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Aubrey Huber, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jane Jorgenson, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Andrew Berish, Ph.D.


festivals, framing, performance studies, popular music, punk rock


Fest is an annual punk rock music festival held in Gainesville, Florida. At Fest, participants engage in aesthetic creation and participation, negotiate identities, participate in political discourse, and forge communities. In this dissertation, I use theories of performance, framing, and culture to understand Fest. To do so, I theorize Fest using three approaches to performance: performance as an object of study, performance as a metaphor for everyday life and identity, and performance as a method of inquiry. Using these three approaches to performance, I understand Fest as performance, as a site that permits and constrains performances of self, identity, and community, and as inspiration for the performance of a musical EP Whenever You’re Ready, which was written, performed, recorded, and released drawing from my own experiences with Fest as a scholar and fan. In doing so, I understand Fest as a site that is crucial for understanding performance, social and political critique and activism, and negotiation of identity.

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