From Praeger publishing: As a whole, Alanis Morissette's work has never been critically analyzed. The Words and Music of Alanis Morissette addresses this oversight through its examination of Morissette's work in the context of biographical facts, its relationship to other cultural trends, and its reflection of the female perspective. This book merges biographical information with a critical examination of the music that she produced and performed during all periods of her life, thereby providing a needed overview of Morissette's body of work. All Morissette fans will appreciate learning about the details of her life, but the author's melding of the star's personal life story with an informed analysis of popular music will also appeal to a wider audience—readers interested in music, culture, women's studies, or female musicians, for example. Released in January 2015 as part of the Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection, the book provides entertaining and engrossing reading for any Alanis Morissette fan and serves as a resource that documents her broad contributions to the music industry.
To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Morissette’s most famous album, Jagged Little Pill (released on June 9, 1995), the Canadian journalist Soraya Roberts interviewed Fournier about the relationship of the album to the artists earlier, and lesser-known Canadian albums. See:
“Alanis in Chains” by Soraya Roberts. http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/hazlitt/longreads/alanis-chains
Fournier is an Associate Professor of music theory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she teaches courses in music theory, cultural studies, and popular music. Her research in the area of popular music has focused principally on the intersection of gender, class, and nationality in first-wave British punk rock, where she has focused on such female artists as Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene, and Ari Up and such female bands as the Raincoats, the Slits, and Delta 5. She has completed a book-length study of gender and punk, provisionally entitled Punk and Disorderly: Acting Out Gender and Class in Early British Punk. She is also a long-time member of MusCan and has been actively involved in the society as a member of several programme and nominating committees. She has presented at many MusCan conferences over the years, most recently in Ottawa (2015), where she read a paper entitled “Anarch-eh!?: Punk as Protest in Canada’s Capital in the 1970s.” She received her BA in history from Carleton University, a second BA in music (with distinction) from the University of Ottawa, an MA in musicology from the University of Western Ontario, and the PhD in music theory from the University of Western Ontario.