Diva interventions: Dana international and israeli gender culture

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Dana International, the Israeli transsexual pop Diva who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, has made a profound impact on Israeli gender culture through her performative, textual, and political interventions. This chapter examines this impact from a number of perspectives: Dana’s substitution of a glam-orous image of transsexuality for the older abject representations; the contestation of the medical paradigm of transsexuality implicit in her affirmation of a transsexual identity and continuing affiliation with the gay community; her subversion of the Zionist gender project of reforming Jewish masculinity; and her rejection of the clear-cut distinction between gay men and transsexuals (hence, between gender identity and sexual identity) that underpins contemporary gay identity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueer Popular Culture
Subtitle of host publicationLiterature, Media, Film, and Television
EditorsT. Peele
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780230604384
ISBN (Print)9781403974907
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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