The Drag Queen Anthology: The Absolutely Fabulous but Flawlessly Customary World of Female Impersonators

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The Drag Queen Anthology: The Absolutely Fabulous but Flawlessly Customary World of Female Impersonators examines the phenomena of male-to-female gender performance and the people who live it. This provocative collection of original essays explores the possibilities, limitations, ironies, and controversies surrounding men who perform as women to an audience that knows the truth but celebrates the illusion. The book's contributors call on extensive backgrounds in sociology, anthropology, theater, literature - even military studies - and use a variety of approaches to address common themes and genres of presentation, performance, and style in a wide range of historical settings and cultures.
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What People Are Saying

Richard Tewksbury
TRULY CUTTING-EDGE. . . . A MUST-READ FOR SCHOLARS AND STUDENTS of the social construction of gender and gendered deviance. A long-overdue book that should stand as a centerpiece in the study and discussion of what it means to construct, perform, and experience gender. Will challenge our contemporary understandings about drag and female impersonation and also clarify the numerous myths long associated with drag and female impersonation. . . . Draws together a wide array of voices, some well-known and widely respected, others fresh and new, to look at what drag and female impersonation mean as individual and group experiences and often overlooked building blocks for communities and social institutions.
PhD, Professor of Justice Administration, University of Louisville
Michael Kimmel
INDISPENSABLE. . . . For more than a decade, Steven P. Schacht has been one of social science's most reliable guides to the world of drag queens and female impersonators. . . . This book assembles an impressive cast of scholars who are as theoretically astute, methodologically careful, and conceptually playful as the drag queens themselves.
Author of The Gendered Society; Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560232841
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Journal of Homosexuality Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface (Judith Lorber)


The Absolutely Fabulous But Flawlessly Customary World of Drag Queens and

Female Impersonators (Steven P. Schacht and Lisa Underwood)

A Lovely War: Male to Female Cross-Dressing and Canadian Military

Entertainment in World War II (Laurel Halladay)

Wigs, Laughter, and Subversion: Charles Busch and the Strategies of Drag

Performance (Richard Niles)

The Beauty and the Beast: Reflections About the Socio-Historical and

Subcultural Context of Drag Queens and "Tunten" in Berlin (Carsten Balzer)

Moffies, Artists, and Queens: Race and the Production of South African Gay

Male Drag (Amanda Lock Swarr)

Ad/Dressing the Nation: Drag and Authenticity in Post-Apartheid South

Africa (Jennifer Spruill)

Chicks with Dicks, Men in Dresses: What it Means to be a Drag Queen (Verta

Taylor and Leila J. Rupp)

"Let the Drag Race Begin:" The Rewards of Becoming a Queen (Steven J.


Transformance: Reading the Gospel in Drag (Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.)

Kind of a Drag: Gender, Race, and Ambivalence in The Birdcage and To Wong

Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Mary Kirk)

Racializing White Drag (Ragan Rhyne)

Balancing Acts: Drag Queens, Gender and Faith (Constance R. Sullivan-Blum)

A Comparative Analysis of Hijras and Drag Queens: The Subversive

Possibilities and Limits of Parading Effeminacy and Negotiating Masculinity

(Sandeep Bakshi)

Beyond the Boundaries of the Classroom: Teaching About Gender and Sexuality

at a Drag Show (Steven P. Schacht)


Reference Notes Included

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