“Crying like a woman ‘cause I’m mad like a man”: Chrissie Hynde, Gender, and Romantic Irony

  • Sherry R. Truffin
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)


From the very first song of the Pretenders’s self-titled debut album, whose speaker both is and is not “precious,” through the “complex person” unapologetically reveling in her contradictions on the Loose Screw album, Chrissie Hynde’s songwriting employs a range of distancing tactics and is riddled with multiple forms of irony, including Romantic irony as characterized by Friedrich Schlegel and Anne Mellor. This chapter explores the Romanticism that emerges in Chrissie Hynde’s songwriting with a focus on her use of Romantic irony, taking into consideration the cultural factors that influenced it. Among them are urban development and blight in her native Akron, OH and the infamous killing of four students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University while Hynde was a student there.

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  • Sherry R. Truffin
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishCampbell UniversityBuies CreekUSA

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