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Studies in International Performance

Performing the 'New' Europe

Identities, Feelings and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest

Editors: Fricker, K., Gluhovic, M. (Eds.)

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This fascinating and lively volume makes the case that the Eurovision Song Contest is an arena for European identification in which both national solidarity and participation in a European identity are confirmed, and a site where cultural struggles over the meanings, frontiers and limits of Europe are enacted.

About the authors

Ioana Szeman, Roehampton University, UK Karen Fricker, Brock University, Canada Yana Meerzon, University of Ottawa, Canada Dmitri Priven, University of Ottawa, Canada Justyna Sempruch, University of Basel, Switzerland Katarzyna Marciniak, Ohio University, USA Katrin Sieg, Georgetown University, USA Elaine Aston, Lancaster University, UK Peter Rehberg, University of Texas, Austin, USA Robert Kulpa, Birkbeck, University of London, UK Apostolos Lampropoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus Brian Singleton, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland Marilena Zaroulia, University of Winchester, UK Milija Gluhovic, University of Warwick, UK

Reviews

Richly contextualized via a masterful introduction, this book's story of the Eurovision Song Contest sings with the verve of topicality. The 'new' Europe is revealed in fascinating guises through clear-eyed accounts of what has been invested in its performance in particular places and among specific audiences. In the macronarratives shaping this global contest as much as the micromoments of its annual unfolding, national and supranational politics, we learn, are no less intriguing than that chameleon-like entity we still call Europe. A provocative and timely collection.

- Helen Gilbert, Professor of Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London

A book full of insight, facts, opinions and great stories about the world's most successful TV format ever.

- Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, 2003-2010.

This impressive collection takes Eurovision studies to the next level, and it is especially timely now that the new post-Wall unified Europe faces some of its greatest economic and political challenges. The newly-expanded Song Contest is far more than just an entertaining or embarrassing TV show it's actually still a 'a battlefield,' in the memorable words of one of the book's contributors, a way of channeling the tensions and rivalries that still lurk beneath and now often break through the surface of this ideal imagined Europe.

How do Britain and Russia see and sing themselves from their post-superpower positions, how do Serbia and Israel and Azerbaijan perform their inclusion in the European project, how do ethnic minorities like Roma play a role within national and cultural identities, and how do feminists and queers find themselves represented in a show that attracts many women and gays? The eleven contributors shine a light on all these questions and more in their incisive and often provocative analyses, while the lively panel discussion brings in broadcasters' voices. All this makes for exciting new views on the 'new' Europe and its changing 'Euro-visions' that bridge music, culture, politics, and economics every spring.

- Ivan Raykoff, Associate Professor, The New School; co-editor of A Song For Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (2007).


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Eurovision and the ‘New’ Europe

    Fricker, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • ‘Sharing the Moment’: Europe, Affect, and Utopian Performatives in the Eurovision Song Contest

    Zaroulia, Marilena

    Pages 31-52

  • ‘It’s Just Not Funny Any More’: Terry Wogan, Melancholy Britain, and the Eurovision Song Contest

    Fricker, Karen

    Pages 53-76

  • Europe, with Feeling: The Eurovision Song Contest as Entertainment

    Pajala, Mari

    Pages 77-93

  • ‘The Song Contest Is a Battlefield’: Panel Discussion with Eurovision Song Contest Broadcasters, 18 February 2011

    Fricker, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 94-107

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing the 'New' Europe
Book Subtitle
Identities, Feelings and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest
Editors
  • K. Fricker
  • M. Gluhovic
Series Title
Studies in International Performance
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36798-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137367983
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-29992-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33559-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 264
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