‘Antes cursi que sencilla’: Eurovision Song Contests and the Kitsch‐Drive to Euro‐Unity

@article{Allatson2007AntesCQ,
  title={‘Antes cursi que sencilla’: Eurovision Song Contests and the Kitsch‐Drive to Euro‐Unity},
  author={Paul Allatson},
  journal={Culture, Theory and Critique},
  year={2007},
  volume={48},
  pages={87 - 98}
}
  • Paul Allatson
  • Published 1 April 2007
  • Art
  • Culture, Theory and Critique
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