UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Amanda Digioia

Amanda Digioia…

Supervisors: Dr Titus Hjelm
Email: amanda.digioia.16@ucl.ac.uk

Working title of thesis:  Constructing Female Identity in the Finnish Heavy Metal Music Scene

Research:  The objective of my doctoral work is to examine gender as a part of the complex web of cultural connections between Finnish women and heavy metal.  Thus, the main research question of this study is: How is the female gender conceptualized, perpetuated, and performed in the Finnish heavy metal subculture? The focus of this study will be on rituals, rules, traditions, and behaviors of and relation to women that are found within the Finnish heavy metal subculture, though interview questions will also address how gender in songs and performers is seen by, and therefore influences, fans. 

Research interests: diegetic sound in horror texts, feminist theory, Finnish society and culture



  • DiGioia, Amanda. Childbirth and Parenting in Horror Texts: The Marginalized and the Monstrous. Emerald Studies in Alternativity and Marginalization. Emerald Publishing Limited. July 2017.  

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • DiGioia, Amanda. Book'Sámi Women. Terrestrial, Dialectical, Vigor, Ethos'.  Lectora: Revista de dones i textualitat. Volume 22. November, 2016, pp 83-90 (1).
  • DiGioia, Amanda. 'Lechery, lycanthropy, and Little Red Riding Hood in Type O Negative’s ‘Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)’. Metal Music Studies, Volume 2, Number 2. June 2016, pp 233-243 (1).  
  • DiGioia, Amanda. 'A cry in the dark: the howls of wolves in horror and heavy metal music'. Horror Studies. Volume 7, Number 2. October 2016, pp 293-306 (1).
  • DiGioia, Amanda and Helfrich, Lyndsay. '‘I’m sorry but it’s true: you’re bringin’ on the heartache’: the antiquated methodology of Deena Weinstein'. Metal Music Studies, Volume 4, Number 2, June 2018, pp 365-374 (1).

Book Chapters:

  • DiGioia, Amanda. 'Fan Appreciation 2: Game of Thrones on Kinja'. Fan Phenomena: Game of Thrones. Intellect Publishing, 2017, pp 82-87 (1).  
  • DiGioia, Amanda and Naylor Davis, Charlotte. 'Cursed is the fruit of thy womb: Inversion/Subversion and the inscribing of morality on women’s bodies in heavy metal'. Alternativity and Marginalisation: Essays on Subcultures, Bodies and Spaces. Emerald Publishing Limited. Forthcoming 2018.
  • DiGioia, Amanda. 'Love Breed, or Hate Haven? Localized Narratives of Identity in the Heavy Metal Music Scene of New Haven, Connecticut'. Heavy Sounds of Origin. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming 2018.  

 Book Reviews

  • Heavy Metal Music Studies and Popular Culture, Leisure Studies in a Global Era, edited by Bryan Bardine, Gabby Riches, Dave Snell, and Brenda Gardenour Walter (2016), 1, London, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 214, 978-1-137-45667-0, Metal Music Studies, Volume 3, Number 1. March, 2017, pp 157-160 (1).  
  • Heavy Metal, Gender, and Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Approaches, edited by Florian Heesch and Niall Scott (Eds.) (2016), Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge, 282 pp., ISBN: 9781472424792, Metal Music Studies, Volume 4, Number 2: June 2018, pp 385-394 (1).