Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”

  • Arthur Asa Berger


This chapter deals with Madonna’s background and cultural importance, with a focus on her controversial video classic “Like a Prayer.” We explore the importance of her Italian Catholic background and Italian-American identity and the role of race in the video. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Madonna as a postmodernist artist who has no regard for narrative continuity and who blends Italian-American and African-American musical forms and traditions.


Madonna “Like a Prayer” Italian-American identity Postmodernism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Asa Berger
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  1. 1.Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication ArtsSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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