Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

Language, Normativity and Europeanisation

Discursive Evidence from the Eurovision Song Contest

Authors: Motschenbacher, Heiko

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  • Contextualizes the development of European identity by considering the linguistic practices of different European nationals at a major venue where popular cultures intersect
  • Engages the gender and sexuality dimensions of the supra-national, European identity question
  • Investigates identity formation via a bottom-up approach by looking at data based on individual performances of different speakers
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This book focuses on linguistic practices of identity construction in a popular culture media context, the Eurovision Song Contest. Subscribing to a normativity-based approach to critical discourse analysis, it studies Europeanisation as it surfaces at the discursive interface of European, national and sexual identities in Eurovision lyrics and performances. Research in critical discourse analysis that deals with Europeanisation, or the discursive work involved in European identity formation, has so far mainly studied data from EU political contexts that illustrate a top-down approach to what Europeanness means. The present book complements this earlier research in several ways, focusing on the linguistic construction of identities, and its interrelation with non-linguistic modes of signification in the Eurovision Song Contest. Discursive mechanisms that prove to be central for the normative shifts of Europeanisation in the given context are de-essentialisation, inclusion, camp, crossing and languaging.

About the authors

Heiko Motschenbacher is a lecturer at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he completed his PhD and post-doc research. He has held temporary professorships of English Linguistics at universities in Bayreuth, Siegen, Braunschweig and Mainz. He is founder and co-editor of theJournal of Language and Sexuality (with William L. Leap). Among his recent publications are the monographs Language,Gender and Sexual Identity: Poststructuralist Perspectives(2010), An Interdisciplinary Bibliography on Language, Gender and Sexuality (2000–2011) (2012), and New Perspectives on English as a European Lingua Franca (2013). He has co-edited a special issue of the journal Discourse & Society on Queer Linguistic Approaches to Discourse (2013, with Martin Stegu) and the fourth volume of Gender Across Languages: The Linguistic Representation of Women and Men (2015, with Marlis Hellinger).

Reviews

“This fascinating book provides an original and sophisticated analysis of how the language, songs and performances in the Eurovision Song Contest construct discourses of Europeanisation, nationalism and sexuality. It is a relevant and timely contribution to our understanding of European identity.” (Paul Baker, Professor, Lancaster University, UK)

“Language, Normativity and Europeanisation shows how tensions between nationalist and transnational/European-wide identities shape verbal, visual and musical performances during the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). The book explains why many ESC contestants turn to English as their source for resolving these tensions. English is often associated with non-traditional sexualities and desires in ESC performances, strengthening the status of English as a marker of national transgression in those settings.  This is a study of “queer English” formation, though not necessarily a study of a queer English created by queers.” (William L. Leap, Emeritus Professor, American University, Washington DC, USA)

“Through rigorous data analysis, Heiko Motschenbacher succeeds in developing a critical approach to understanding the layers of complexity seen in the European identity formation processes.  His insightful findings make significant theoretical contributions in the field of discourse studies.  This timely publication is a must-read for those serious about linguistic issues concerning the intersection of language, culture, race, and hegemony in a rapidly changing world.” (Mie Hiramoto, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore)

“The book provides a very thorough and comprehensive discourse analysis of various facets of Europeanisation. Focusing on the ESC as a pan-European event in popular media culture, it is a refreshing departure from predominantly political processes of Europeanisation, shedding light on discursive and linguistic practices of identity construction and negotiation of normativity.” (Antje Wilton, Junior Professor, University of Siegen, Germany)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Motschenbacher, Heiko

    Pages 1-12

  • The Communicative Setting of the Eurovision Song Contest

    Motschenbacher, Heiko

    Pages 13-50

  • The Language–Identity–Normativity Interface and Critical Discourse Studies

    Motschenbacher, Heiko

    Pages 51-115

  • Language Choice Practices in the ESC

    Motschenbacher, Heiko

    Pages 117-151

  • Code-Switching Practices in ESC Performances

    Motschenbacher, Heiko

    Pages 153-187

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language, Normativity and Europeanisation
Book Subtitle
Discursive Evidence from the Eurovision Song Contest
Authors
Series Title
Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56301-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56301-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56300-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 384
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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