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Long Live the King: A Genealogy of Performative Genders

Long Live the King: A Genealogy of Performative Genders (Hardback)

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Masculinity is no longer a monolithic category, if ever it was. Long Live the King is a solid piece of scholarship that explores in depth the drag king phenomenon as well as key theoretical texts by feminist, postcolonial and cultural thinkers. Maite Escudero-Alias delves into drag king culture and highlights its relevance for the study of the relationship between gender, sex, race and sexuality. Introduced by a well-informed theoretical chapter that traces the roots of queer theory, Long Live the King provides the reader with a rigorous textual and cultural examination of drag kings' most innovative performances of masculinity in the USA and the UK. These chapters prove groundbreaking in their acute analyses of drag kings' acts in different media, ranging from still images to live performances, documentaries, mainstream television series and literature. Theory and analysis blend perfectly and Escudero-Alias's main contention in this research - the ambivalent nature of drag kings' performances of masculinity - is conducted convincingly.

This book constitutes an invaluable contribution to the field of gender studies and a fair assessment of the political impact of minority artistic practices in contemporary culture.

Film, TV & DramaActors & Acting techniquesActing techniques Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 10/02/2009 ISBN-13: 9781443802161  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Maite Escudero-Alias lectures at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Her research interests centre on the field of trauma studies, feminist criticism and queer theory, on which she has published widely. Her latest publications include "When (non) Anglo-Saxon Queers Speak in a Queer Language: Homogeneous Identities or Disenfranchised Bodies" and "Transatlantic Dialogues and Identity Politics: Theorizing Bilateral Silences in the Genesis and Future of Queer Studies".

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