Event Date: 10 November 2014
Main Lecture Theatre (MLT),
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
The 2014 David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture
Dr Louise Johnson (Sheffield)
Glamour in the Changing Room: Eduardo Mendicutti and the ‘Beckham Effect’
This lecture considers Spanish novelist and journalist Eduardo Mendicutti’s high camp fictional foray behind the scenes at Real Madrid, in possibly one of the queerest takes on football fandom and homophobia ever published: La Susi en el vestuario blanco (2003). Mendicutti’s satirical blurring of the boundaries between spectators and players for the purpose of heightened mutual identification (and crass commercial gain), teases at the ‘rancid myths’ of football masculinities and attempts to create new ones. The lecture questions whether this shameless and ebullient work in its particular mode of mocking might have more to say to the football establishment, and to society as a whole, compared with more high-brow approaches to intractable prejudice.