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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/Euro Visions

Queer/Euro Visions

(p.171) Queer/Euro Visions
What's Queer about Europe?

Carl F. Stychin

Fordham University Press

This chapter provides a critical and interdisciplinary interrogation of the cultural phenomenon of the Eurovision Song Contest. The cultural spectacle of Eurovision has been interpreted both by academics and in popular culture as heavily inflected by a lesbian and gay sensibility characterised by artifice, excess, parody, glamour, irony and the problematisation of the binary of high (European)/low (Eurotrash) culture. But Eurovision also can be seen as a microcosm of the tensions which surround the widening and deepening of the European Union legal order. It is therefore an opportune moment for us to engage in a close reading of the policies and spectacles of the Eurovision Song Contest through a queer lens.

Keywords:   Eurovision, popular culture, European identity, Eurotrash, parody

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