Drag: A History of Female Impersonation in the Performing Arts

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NYU Press #ad - In recent years, of course, drag has witnessed a dramatic and widespread revival. Men have been dressing as women on stage for hundreds of years, dating back to the thirteenth century when the Church forbade the appearance of female actors but condoned that of men and boys disguised as the opposite sex.

Music, has been profoundly influenced by drag sensibility, too, from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Rocky Horror Picture Show to Boy George and RuPaul the self- proclaimed Supermodel of the World. Used book in Good Condition. Drawing on a cinematic tradition popularized by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot, Dustin Hoffman Tootsie and Robin Williams Mrs.

Drag: A History of Female Impersonation in the Performing Arts #ad - Forms of travestism can be traced back to the dawn of theatre and are found in all corners of the world, notably in China and Japan. Even former drag queens have experience newfound fame; witness the recent popularity of the late Divine, renowned for her oddly compelling appearances in underground John Waters films.

Newsday recently observed, people are talking about all those fabulous heterosexual film idols who now can't seem to wait to get tarted up in drag and do their screen bits as fishnet queens. Doubtfire have each delighted mainstream audiences with their portrayals of women. Tracing drag tradition from the golden age of stage transvestism during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I in England to the current quasi-drag inclinations of American grunge bands, Drag is an entertaining overview of this popular and complex medium.

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Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Newton spent time in the noisy bars, the chaotic dressing rooms, interviewing informants whose trust she had earned and compiling a lively, and the cheap apartments and hotels that make up the lives of drag queens, first-hand ethnographic account of the culture of female impersonators. Mother camp explores the distinctions that drag queens make among themselves as performers, the various kinds of night clubs and acts they depend on for a living, and the social organization of their work.

Weinberg, Contemporary Sociology. For two years ester newton did field research in the world of drag queens—homosexual men who make a living impersonating women. A major part of the book deals with the symbolic geography of male and female styles, as enacted in the homosexual concept of "drag" sex role transformation and "camp, " an important humor system cultivated by the drag queens themselves.

Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America #ad - Newton's fascinating book shows how study of the extraordinary can brilliantly illuminate the ordinary—that social-sexual division of personality, appearance, and activity we usually take for granted. Jonathan katz, author of gay American History "A trenchant statement of the social force and arbitrary nature of gender roles.

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Why Drag?

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Chronicle Books #ad - For over a decade, magnus hastings has been photographing the world's greatest drag superstars and asking each of them a simple question: Why drag? The result is this mesmerizing volume in which the queens strut their stuff and reflect on their shared passion through a mixture of quips and philosophizing.

Chronicle Books. Featuring the likes of bianca del rio and Courtney Act, this collection is a beautiful celebration of drag as an art form and an exhilarating exploration of what drag means to its greatest artists. Subjects include icons of reality TV and underground drag royalty, and photographs range from the divine to the trashy.

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Drag: The Complete Story A Look at the History and Culture of Drag

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Laurence King Publishing #ad - Doonan writes like an angel with a sword: beautifully and provocatively. Ny journal of books"barneys' creative ambassador traces drag culture from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to RuPaul, providing a fabulously comprehensive celebration of the intersection of gender fluidity and fashion. New york times book review"doonan divides the past and present landscape of drag into nine categories: glamour, butch, historical, black, poster, movie, art, comedy, and radical.

Drag is transformation, exaggeration, above all, communication and, where gender non–conformity is the plat du jour. Each chapter illustrates how drag queens and kings in those spaces or times periods have helped shape drag in some meaningful way – or, in the case of black drag queens, how they've shaped the LGBTQ community at large in a meaningful way.

Drag: The Complete Story A Look at the History and Culture of Drag #ad - Fastcompany"whether you're already a massive fan of drag culture, or just interested in learning more about the movement's origins over the centuries – from tabloid scandal in the Victorian era to Emmy–award winning phenomenon in the 21st century – you'll find something to love in Doonan's extensive tome.

Bustle"drag: the complete story by simon doonan, perfectly captures the delightfully drag–filled moment we're currently living in, fashion icon and Creative Ambassador–at–large for Barneys New York, writer, while offering a glimpse into the long legacy of drag. Over the course of the book, doonan is able to shine a new light on drag, offering a fresh perspective on an art form that has long gone unrecognized.

Newsweek Chronicle Books. Drag: the complete story observes this increasingly complex world by exploring drag's journey through the twentieth century.

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Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business

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Rizzoli #ad - Drag artists have now sashayed their way to snatch the crowns as the Queens of mainstream entertainment. Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag, from television shows like The Milton Berle Show, films like Some Like It Hot, Bosom Buddies, readers will embark on a Priscilla-like journey through pop culture, and RuPaul's Drag Race, To Wong Foo.

. And tootsie, la cage aux folles, and Broadway shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Kinky Boots. With stops in cities around the globe, including bianca del rio, drag features contributions from today's most groundbreaking and popular artists, and packed with interviews and commentaries on the dramas, joys, and Varla Jean Merman, Lypsinka, and love that "make-up" a life in wigs and heels, Miss Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, as well as notable performers as Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch.

Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business #ad - Drag celebrates the fabulous current and historical influence of drag, and its talented and inspiring performers. Since man first walked the Earth. In heels, no other art form has wielded as unique an influence on pop culture as Drag. It includes more than 100 photos--many from performers' personal collections, and a comprehensive timeline of drag "herstory.

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The Changing Room : Sex, Drag and Theatre Gender in Performance

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Routledge #ad - It is a must for anyone interested in cross-dressing, theatre, and gender. Chronicle Books. The answers to these questions - and much, much more - are to be found in The Changing Room, which traces the origins and variations of theatrical cross-dressing through the ages and across cultures. Lavishly illustrated with unusual and rare pictures, this is the first ever cross-cultural study of theatrical transvestism.

. It examines: * tribal rituals and shamanic practices in the balkans and chinese-tibet * the gender-bending elements of greek and early Christian religion * the homosexual appeal of the boy actor on the traditional stage of China, Lily Savage, Japan and England * the origins of the dame comedian, Boy George, Dame Edna Everage, Candy Darling, Charles Ludlam, the principal boy, the glamour drag artiste and the male impersonator * artists such as David Bowie, Julian Clary and the New York Dolls.

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Drag Diaries

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Chronicle Books #ad - 105 photos, 58 in color. Offering the inside scoop on drag history and culture, an annual drag calendar, and interviews with famous drag entertainers, this book includes a chronology of drag-related films, an essential drag shopping guide, a drag-inspired reading list, from Joey Arias to Lypsynka. Chronicle Books.

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Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. The girls have been outside on the sidewalk all evening, seducing passersby into coming in for the show. The crowd roars in approval. Based on countless interviews with more than a dozen drag queens, and even the authors' participation in the shows themselves, more than three years of attendance at their outrageous performances, Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret is a witty and poignant portrait of gay life and culture.

. It's saturday night in key west and the Girlie Show is about to begin at the 801 Cabaret. Chronicle Books. Rupp and verta taylor take us on an entertaining tour through one of America's most overlooked subcultures: the world of the drag queen. Weaving together their fascinating life stories, the authors explore how drag queens smash the boundaries between gay and straight, man and woman, their flamboyance and bitchiness, their lavish costumes and eclectic music, and their bawdy exchanges with one another and their audiences, to make people think more deeply and realistically about sex and gender in America today.

Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret #ad - The club itself is packed tonight and smoke has filled the room. They offer a penetrating glimpse into the lives of the 801 Girls, the troupe of queens who perform nightly at the 801 Cabaret for tourists and locals. When they said life is a cabaret, they clearly meant the 801. In this lively book, Leila J. They also consider how the queens create a space that encourages camaraderie and acceptance among everyday people, no matter what their sexual preferences might be.

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Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody Sexual Cultures

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NYU Press #ad - The book demonstrates that, flexible, through the use of this strategy, the Sisters are able to offer an effective, and noteworthy approach to community-based activism. In queer nuns, Melissa M. The stunned and delighted responses they received prompted these already-seasoned activists to consider whether the habits might have some use in social justice work, and within a year they had constituted the new order.

Like any performance, serious parody can either challenge or reinforce existing power dynamics, and it often accomplishes both simultaneously. An engaging look into the sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, queer activists devoted to social justice The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence make up an unlikely order of nuns.

This book opens the door to a new world of religion and social activism, one which could be adapted to a range of political movements, individual inclinations, and community settings. The sisters both spoof nuns and argue quite seriously that they are nuns, adopting an innovative approach the author refers to as serious parody.

Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody Sexual Cultures #ad - Self-described as “twenty-first century queer nuns, ” the Sisters began in 1979 when three bored gay men donned retired Roman Catholic nuns’ habits and went for a stroll through San Francisco’s gay Castro district. Used book in Good Condition. Wilcox argues that serious parody offers potential uses and challenges in the efforts of activist groups to work within communities that are opposed and oppressed by culturally significant traditions and organizations – as is the case with queer communities and the Roman Catholic Church.

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