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What's Queer about Europe?Productive Encounters and Re-enchanting Paradigms$
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Mireille Rosello and Sudeep Dasgupta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255351

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255351.001.0001

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Queer and Europe

Queer and Europe

An Encounter

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Queer and Europe
Source:
What's Queer about Europe?
Author(s):

Sudeep Dasgupta

Mireille Rosello

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255351.003.0001

This chapter provokes an encounter between Queer and Europe. Encounters are both threats and opportunities that reveal ideological investments. Therefore, the chapter’s aim is to exacerbate rather than conceal the destabilizing consequences of conjoining Queer and Europe. The objective is not to reach a better definition of each of the terms. Instead, the hypothesis is that the encounter between a chaotic set of discourses that form the Queer and European constellation constitutes a mutual critique of some of the parameters that organized them as cultural discourses, and empower or disempower those cultural agents who work as (non)Queers or (non)Europeans. A double and chiasmatic back and forth movement operates a simultaneous Queering of Europe and a Europeanizing of Queer.

Keywords:   Encounter, Queering Europe, Europeanizing Queer, Queer, Europe

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