Zarah Leander : den queera divan

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dc.contributor.author Rosenberg, Tiina
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-15T08:16:36Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-15T08:16:36Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation 67-90 en
dc.identifier.issn 0348-8365 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7027
dc.description På vilket sätt kan konsten vara en källa till tröst och motstånd? Tiina Rosenberg diskuterar divakulten i allmänhet liksom gaykulturen och den kultur som vuxit fram kring artisten Zarah Leander. en
dc.description.abstract The Swedish actress and singer Zarah Leander (1907–1981) was one of the most celebrated female stars in German Nazi Cinema 1936–43. She played a crucial role in Joseph Goebbels entertainment industry, and the profit the Nazi regime made on her and other female moviestars were immediately allocated to the German war industry. Leander never offered any excuses or explanations with regard to her productive years in Nazi Germany. She called herself "a political idiot" who just wanted to work and make money, no matter where and under what circumstances. Leander, the ex-Nazi star, never stepped out of that shame. The argument, "only entertainment", was not sufficient to explain all the years in the Nazi entertainment industry. But Leander must in many ways be seen as the antithesis of the prototypical Nazi female and Leander appears as one of Nazi cinema's most contradictory figures. Her star persona has always been a negotiation of antagonistic formulations, thus pointing to modes of audience identification and spectatorship issues, most strikingly articulated through her immense popularity in the post-war gay community. This essay discusses Leander as a queer diva in the way the "phenomenon Leander" emerged in the 1950s and 1960s in Sweden, Germany and internationally. Leander's dark voice, travestie-like persona and her schlager repertoire made her a major gay icon in the 1950s. The queer quality of Leander is to be found in her transgressive erotic representation of her vocal gender ambiguity, transformed in the gay male diva worship into counterpolitical resistance to "normality". This essay deals merely with gay male Leander worship, but Leander also had her lesbian following. en
dc.language.iso swe en
dc.publisher Malmö högskola, Studentcentrum en
dc.subject Zarah Leander en
dc.subject queer diva en
dc.subject divakult en
dc.subject gaykultur en
dc.subject underhållning en
dc.subject röst en
dc.subject homovokalitet en
dc.subject genusambivalens en
dc.subject skam en
dc.subject diva worship en
dc.subject gay culture en
dc.subject entertainment en
dc.subject voice en
dc.subject homovocality en
dc.subject gender ambivalence en
dc.subject shame en
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en
dc.title Zarah Leander : den queera divan en
dc.type Article, other scientific en
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Gender studies en
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Tidskrift för genusvetenskap;1-2 en
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