UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Amanda Digioia

Amanda DiGioia

Supervisors: Dr Seth Graham and Dr Riitta Valijarvi 

Email: amanda.digioia.16@ucl.ac.uk

Present Status: PhD Candidate 

Working title of thesis: Mothers and Maidens: Lyrical Depictions of Women in Finnish Heavy Metal Music Lyrics 

Research: In my PhD thesis, I ask: ‘How are women, and to some extent, other genders, conceptualised and represented in Finnish heavy metal music lyrics?’. In another chapter, based on my original PhD thesis topic, which I had to change because of my heart failure from my chemotherapy treatment, I ask the same question, except in the context of the Finnish heavy metal music scene, by utilising interviews with Finnish women and women living in Finland. However, my PhD thesis focuses mainly on Finnish heavy metal music lyrics.
     My research interests outside of my PhD thesis include feminist approaches to narratives in texts. My publications discuss a variety of topics, ranging from toxic masculinity in duelling, to childbirth and parenting in horror texts, to how feminine power won the Game of Thrones. 




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

DiGioia, Amanda.
Duelling, the Russian Cultural Imagination, and Masculinity in Crisis. Routledge. Forthcoming, October 2020.

Edited Volumes

Valijarvi, Riitta; Doesburg, Charlotte; DiGioia, Amanda (Eds). Multilingual Metal. Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture. Emerald Publishing Limited. Forthcoming, 2020.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

DiGioia, Amanda. ‘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).

DiGioia, Amanda. ‘Nameless, but not blameless: Motherhood in Finnish heavy metal music’. Metal Music Studies, Volume 6, Number 2, June 2020, pp. 237-255 (1).

DiGioia, Amanda. ‘The Queen in the North: How Feminine Power Won the Game of Thrones’. The St Antony’s International Review (STAIR), Accepted: Forthcoming, 2020.

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’, Holland, S. and Spracklen, K. (Ed.) Subcultures, Bodies and Spaces: Essays on Alternativity and Marginalization (Emerald Studies in Alternativity and Marginalization), Emerald Publishing Limited (2018), pp. 27-42.

DiGioia, Amanda, ‘Love Breed or Hate Haven? Localized Narratives of Identity in the Heavy Metal Music Scene of New Haven, Connecticut’, Karjalainen, T (Ed.) Sounds of Origin in Heavy Metal Music, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2018), pp. 169-190.

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, 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).

Gender, Metal, and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music, Rosemary Lucy Hill (2016), Pop Music, Culture, and Identity, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 184 pp., ISBN: 9791137554406, Metal Music Studies, Volume 4, Number 2: June 2018, pp. 385-394 (1).