RuPaul's Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture

RuPaul's Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture : The Boundaries of Reality TV

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This book identifies and analyzes the ways in which RuPaul's Drag Race has reshaped the visibility of drag culture in the US and internationally, as well as how the program has changed understandings of reality TV. This edited volume illustrates how drag has become a significant aspect of LGBTQ experience and identity globally through RuPaul's Drag Race, and how the show has reformed a media landscape in which competition and reality itself are understood as given. Taking on lenses addressing race, ethnicity, geographical origin, cultural identity, physicality and body image, and participation in drag culture across the globe, this volume offers critical, non-traditional, and first-hand perspectives on drag culture.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 309 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 25.4mm | 5,207g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2017
  • 26 Tables, color; 24 Illustrations, color; 1 Illustrations, black and white; XIII, 309 p. 25 illus., 24 illus. in color.
  • 331950617X
  • 9783319506173
  • 2,486,291

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Drag Culture, Global Participation and RuPaul's Drag Race - Niall Brennan and David Gudelunas


Chapter 2. The 'RuPaulitics' of Subjectification in RuPaul's Drag Race - Julie Yudelman

Chapter 3. Contradictions between the Subversive and the Mainstream: Drag Cultures and RuPaul's Drag Race - Niall Brennan

Chapter 4. "Go pick up a book and read": Art and Legitimacy in RuPaul's Drag Race - Dieter Brusselaers

Chapter 5. North American Universalism in RuPaul's Drag Race: Stereotypes, Linguicism, and the Construction of 'Puerto Rican Queens' - Joanna McIntyre and Damien W. Riggs

Chapter 6. Spicy. Exotic. Creature. Representations of Racial and Ethnic Minorities on RuPaul's Drag Race - Sarah Tucker Jenkins

Chapter 7. The Werk that Remains: Drag and the Mining of the Idealized Female Form - Amy L. Darnell and Ahoo Tabatabai

Chapter 8. Big-Girls Don't Cry: Portrayls of the Fat Body in RuPaul's Drag Race - Ami Pomerantz


Chapter 9. "I Am The Drag Whisperer." Notes from the Front Line of a Cultural Phenomenon - Rob Rosiello

Chapter 10. Sissy That Performance Script! The Queer Pedagogy of RuPaul's Drag Race - Colin Whitworth

Chapter 11. Super Troopers: The Homonormative Regime of Visibility in RuPaul's Drag Race - Anna Antonia Ferrante

Chapter 12. "Please, Come to Brazil!" The Practices of Brazilian RuPaul's Drag Race Brazilian Fandom - Mayka Castellano and Heitor Leal Machado

Chapter 13. Reception of Queer Content and Stereotypes among Young People in Monterrey, Mexico - Nazar Ali de La Garza Villarreal, Carolina Valdez Garcia and Grecia Karina Rodriguez Fernandez

Chapter 14. Mainstreaming the Transgressive: Greek Audiences' Readings of Drag Culture through the Consumption of RuPaul's Drag Race - Despina Chronaki

Chapter 15. RuPaul's Drag Race and the Reconceptualization of Queer Communities and Publics - Kate O'Halloran


Chapter 16. Digital Extensions, Experiential Extensions and Hair Extensions: RuPaul's Drag Race and the New Media Environment - David Gudelunas

Chapter 17. What Can Drag Do for Me? The Multifaceted Influences of RuPaul's Drag Race on the Perth Drag Scene - Claire Alexander

Chapter 18. "If You Can't Love Yourself, How in the Hell You Gonna Love Somebody Else?" Drag TV and Self-love Discourse - Chelsea Daggett

Chapter 19. "We're All Born Naked and the Rest Is Drag": The Performativity of Bodies Constructed in Digital Networks - Ronaldo Henn, Felipe Viero Kolinski Machado and Christian Gonzatti
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About Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan has a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, where his research focused on the national and global implications of the Brazilian television mini-series since Brazil's re-democratization. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication at Fairfield University, Connecticut, USA.

David Gudelunas holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa, USA.
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