Reframing Drag: Beyond Subversion and the Status Quo

1st Edition

Kayte Stokoe

Routledge
October 31, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138312128 - CAT# K390884
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society

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Summary

Reframing Drag provides a critical survey of French and Anglo-American, queer and feminist theorizations of drag performance, placing these approaches in a dialogue with contemporary drag practice and the representation of drag in three literary texts. Challenging pervasive assumptions circulating in existing queer and feminist analyses of drag performance, the author identifies and questions three recurring ideas, which have shaped the landscape of drag research: the argument that drag performances either uphold or subvert oppressive gender norms, the assumption that drag involves performing as the ‘opposite sex’, and the belief that drag can shed light on gender performativity. Informed by a range of gender and queer theory, this work contends that an intersectional, transfeminist approach to drag performance can provide richer, more nuanced, understandings of drag, and, unlike the 'opposite sex' narrative, acknowledges the gender diversity at work in current drag scenes.

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