At Work, On Screen, and Online

Edited by Martin Iddon and Melanie L. Marshall

Contributions by Emily J. Lordi, Will Fulton, Lisa Colton, Julia Cox, Jaap Kooijman, Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Eduardo Viñuela, Mary Fogarty Woehrel, Áine Mangaoang and Melissa Avdeeff

Published by: Indiana University Press

272 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 5 b&w illus., 3 b&w tables, 5 printed music items

  • Paperback
  • 9780253052841
  • Published: November 2020


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253052827
  • Published: November 2020


  • eBook
  • 9780253052865
  • Published: November 2020


Who runs the world? The Beyhive knows. From the Destiny's Child 2001 hit single "Survivor" to her 2019 jam "7/11," Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has confronted dominant issues around the world. Because her image is linked with debates on race, sexuality, and female empowerment, she has become a central figure in pop music and pop culture. Beyoncé: At Work, On Screen, and Online explores her work as a singer, activist, and artist by taking a deep dive into her songs, videos, and performances, as well as responses from her fans. Contributors look at Beyoncé's entire body of work to examine her status as a canonical figure in modern music and do not shy away from questioning scandals or weighing her social contributions against the evolution of feminism, critical race theory, authenticity, and more. Full of examples from throughout Beyoncé's career, this volume presents listening as a political undertaking that generates meaning and creates community. Beyoncé: At Work, On Screen, and Online contends that because of her willingness to address societal issues within her career, Beyoncé has become an important touchstone for an entire generation—all in a day's work for Queen Bey.