Prof publishes book about “Olympics of pop songs”

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Prof publishes book about “Olympics of pop songs”

Published on July 24 2013

For Prof. Karen Fricker, studying theatre and performance doesn’t just mean watching and thinking about plays. For nearly the last decade, it has also meant attending “Europe’s favourite TV show.”

Fricker, assistant professor of dramatic arts at Brock, spent a week last May in Malmö, Sweden, where she launched her co-edited book Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings and Politics at the Eurovision Song Contest, at the heart of the annual pop song festival, which is watched by an estimated 170 million people globally.

The Eurovision contest is “a venerable cultural tradition based on the fabulously frivolous premise of choosing Europe’s favourite pop song,” Fricker writes in her blog.

“While Eurovision music is often critiqued as out-of-date and market-unfriendly as live entertainment broadcasting, the contest is state-of-the-art, and it’s fascinating to see what innovations are experimented with each year,” she adds.