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What's Queer about Europe?

Productive Encounters and Re-enchanting Paradigms

Mireille Rosello teaches at the University of Amsterdam in the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

Publication Year: 2014

What’s Queer about Europe? examines how queer theory helps us initiate disorienting conjunctions and counterintuitive encounters for imagining historical and contemporary Europe. This book queers Europe and Europeanizes queer, forcing a reconsideration of both. Its contributors study Europe relationally, asking not so much what Europe is but what we do when we attempt to define it. The topics discussed include: gay marriage in Renaissance Rome, Russian anarchism and gender politics in early-twentieth-century Switzerland, colonialism and sexuality in Italy, queer masculinities in European popular culture, queer national identities in French cinema, and gender theories and activism. What these apparently disparate topics have in common is the urgency of the political, legal, and cultural issues they tackle. Asking what is queer about Europe means probing the blind spots that continue to structure the long and discrepant process of Europeanization.

Published by: Fordham University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-x

We would like to thank our authors, who accepted a potentially challenging invitation to consider what is Queer about Europe. They generously accepted the challenge to tailor their current research and sent us thought-provoking and inspiring...

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Queer and Europe:An Encounter

Sudeep Dasgupta and Mireille Rosello

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pp. 1-24

Neither American, nor Dutch, nor French, nor German, nor British, nor Swiss, we proclaim ourselves Queer Europeans. But unlike Jean Bernabé, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Raphaël Confi ant, the authors of the 1989 In Praise of Creoleness, we do not write in praise of Queer Europe.1 Rather, we...

Queer Histories: Imagining Other European Constructions

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(Same-Sex) Marriage and the Makingof Europe: Renaissance Rome Revisited

Gary Ferguson

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pp. 27-47

In the context of a collective project bringing into dialogue queer theory and Europe, what place might be accorded to a reflection grounded in the sixteenth century—a time when the first of the two terms in question did not exist as a conceptual category and the second had radically different...

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A Case of Mistaken Identity:Female Russian Social Revolutionariesin Early-Twentieth-Century Switzerland

Dominique Grisard

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pp. 48-68

This essay is about a true story. A true story about faking it. Faking being a European. And faking being a man. A story about a fake man impersonating a European woman. This is a story about fictitious marriages and mistaken identities in early-twentieth-century Europe, about a female Russian...

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Straight Migrants Queering European Man

Nacira Guénif

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pp. 69-78

In the late 1950s, the Europeanization of France coincided with its de-imperialization, yet it was a culturally uncertain paradigmatic shift.1 France as a nation and as a notion had undergone an unprecedented metamorphosis since the French Revolution. Contemporary France is faced with the...

Queering Euro-Global Politics

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Queering European SexualitiesThrough Italy’s Fascist Past: Colonialism,Homosexuality, and Masculinities

Sandra Ponzanesi

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pp. 81-90

In Italy, Ettore Scola’s film A Special Day (Italy, 1977) left an indelible mark and continues to be acknowledged as a masterpiece that transcends national cultures and cinematographic traditions. Set at the time of Italian fascism during the 1930s, the film takes radical positions on love and politics...

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Queer, Republican France,and Its Euro-American “Others”

Lucille Cairns

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pp. 91-114

Queer theory has a complex relationship with the political. This essay investigates both the productivity and problems of one highly politicized queer critique of the French Republic, from sociologist Marie-Hélène Bourcier. Given France’s historic importance in the construction of the...

From European Grand Narrativesto Queer Counter-Stories

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Sick Man of Transl-Asia:Bruce Lee and Queer Cultural Translation

Paul Bowman

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pp. 117-135

Bruce Lee has always been construed as a figure that existed at various crossroads— a kind of chiasmatic figure, into which much was condensed and displaced. His films, even though they are in a sense relatively juvenile action flicks, have also been regarded as spanning the borders and bridging the...

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What’s Queer about Remy,Ratatouille, and French Cuisine?

Laure Murat

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pp. 136-147

“What’s queer about Remy?” is the question that I will ask about Ratatouille (2007), the spectacular animated blockbuster film from Pixar Studios that won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and a dozen other international prizes. What visual and textual rhetoric does the film use to...

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Pathos as Queer Socialityin Contemporary European VisualCulture: François Ozon’s Time to Leave

Emma Wilson

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pp. 148-170

This essay approaches queer through the issues of pathos, compassion and emotions. I argue here that European visual culture has, in recent years, allowed new access to, and connections with, pathos and the emotions mapped through visual and literary allusion. In Anglo-American queer...

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Queer/Euro Visions

Carl F. Stychin

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pp. 171-188

In this essay, I use the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) as a site for illuminating how “Europe” and “queer” inform each other in a range of different ways. My central interest is in how both underscore a tension between the assertion and deconstruction of identity. Furthermore, I explore how the...


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pp. 189-212


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pp. 213-232


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pp. 233-236


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pp. 237-243

E-ISBN-13: 9780823255399
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823255351

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2014

Edition: Cloth

OCLC Number: 885456069
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