Sexualität und Sprache- Sex and Language
The contributions to this book explore a wide range of questions concerning representations of sexuality in language – from the sexual content of toilet graffiti to the erotic subtext of the ancient Indian Rig Veda. They apply a variety of linguistic methods from discourse analysis to historical Syntax. Data from German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Latin and Vedic are used.
Heiko Motschenbacher: Negotiating Sexual Desire at the Eurovision Song Contest: On the Verge of Homonormativity?
Heiko Motschenbacher Negotiating Sexual Desire at the Eurovision Song Contest: On the Verge of Homonormativity? 1. Introduction The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) today looks back on a history of more than 50 years in which the competition has grown to become a European institution in its own right. As a popular culture media event that is nowadays watched by more than 110 million viewers Europe- wide, the contest continues to be an important driving force for European integration and identity formation. Parallel to its gradual expansion from west to east, the ESC has become an interface of the discursive negotiation of national, European and sexual identities.1 As far as sexual identities are concerned, the contest turns out to be an arena for a range of competing discourses, including the heterosexuality of the majority of viewers across Europe (Pajala 2007), the predominance of gay men in ESC fan clubs (Lemish 2004, Singleton/Fricker/Moreo 2007) and the strong presence of sexually subversive ESC performances in the media coverage of the event. It is an almost logical consequence that such divergences necessitate processes of identity negotiation. The present article will look at two kinds of such processes that manifest themselves interactionally and intertextually. Both of the communicative events analysed, an excerpt from the voting procedure at the ESC 2006 and a performance at the National Eurovision Final 2010 in Lithuania, present instances of gay male desire winning out over other discourses of sexual 1 Although other kinds of identity may also play a role...
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