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Roll Over, Tchaikovsky!Russian Popular Music and Post-Soviet Homosexuality$
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Stephen Amico

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038273

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038273.001.0001

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Corporeal Intentions

Corporeal Intentions

(p.103) 4. Corporeal Intentions
Roll Over, Tchaikovsky!

Stephen Amico

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how male homosexuality is suggested via the presentation of the sexualized male body as object of the gaze—an objectifying gaze placing the male in the position of the “feminine.” It looks at the efflorescence of images of male physical beauty in the musical discourses of numerous singers and bands in the first two decades of the twenty-first century in Russia and how these images were conflated with homosexuality or homoeroticism. To this end, the chapter examines instances of the male body's foregrounding in the work of Andrei Danilko, the groups Hi-Fi and Smash!!, and singer Dima Bilan (focusing on his appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest). It highlights not only the variable of the body's visibility (and, concomitantly, questions of power), but also the interrelated and phenomenologically inflected dynamics of intentionality, proximity, and orientation. It shows that visible male bodies, invoking the possibility of the homosexual, provide a sight/site for Russian gay men and also serve the goluboi.

Keywords:   homosexuality, male body, male physical beauty, homoeroticism, Andrei Danilko, Dima Bilan, intentionality, proximity, orientation, Russian gay men

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