Multimodal Identity Construction in ESC Performances

  • Heiko Motschenbacher
Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)


After dealing extensively with the verbal component of identity construction in ESC performances in the previous chapter, the present chapter explores how the linguistic construction relates to other performance components on the audiovisual level. For this purpose, language is viewed as multimodally embedded in discursive meaning -making practices. When focusing on the audiovisual component of ESC performances, it should be noted that non-linguistic identity construction opens up a larger interpretive space than linguistic identity construction (see Stoeva-Holm 2005: 34). In other words, recipients are more likely to differ in their perception of non-verbal performance characteristics as relevant indexes of Europeanness , nationalism and sexuality . The following analysis therefore concentrates on aspects that make a national, European or sexual reading likely for large parts of the audience.


Identity Construction Grammatical Gender Linguistic Level Desire Object Lesbian Identity 
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  • Heiko Motschenbacher
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  1. 1.Goethe-University Frankfurt am MainFrankfurtGermany

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