A1 Journal article (refereed)
Origins and originality : Authenticity in the media representation of Julie Fowlis (2018)

Karjalainen, N. (2018). Origins and originality : Authenticity in the media representation of Julie Fowlis. Journal of European Popular Culture, 9(2), 75-91. https://doi.org/10.1386/jepc.9.2.75_1

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All authors or editorsKarjalainen, Noora

Journal or seriesJournal of European Popular Culture



Publication year2018


Issue number2

Pages range75-91


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74585


This article examines the ways in which Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis is constructed ‘authentic’ in the media. Two narratives that I call ‘narrative of origins’ and ‘narrative of professionalism’ construct her authenticity as a representative of the folk music scene. Fowlis represents the new Gaelic speaker, but is presented in terms of stereotypical imagery connected to Scotland, which portrays tradition as stagnant, quaint and in need of preservation. However, she is also presented as a professional artist, remaking and reinterpreting the tradition of a living culture that she represents. Thus, here authenticity ascribed on the artist is viewed as a cultural memory device, built on the interaction of individual collective levels of remembering and the process of premediation with it. The material analysed consists of printed and electronic articles, concert and album reviews, and interviews written about Fowlis. The theoretical framework is based on the discussion on the concept of authenticity and on memory studies.

Keywordsauthenticitygenuinenessrepresentation (mental objects)mediasingersartistsScottish Gaelic language

Free keywordsauthenticity; media; media representation; Scottish Gaelic language; Fowlis, Julie

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2019

JUFO rating1

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