What does “drag” conjure in your imagination? What about “cross-dressing,” “dandyism,” “transvestism,” “glamor drag,” “drag king,” “drag queen,” “boy actress,” “transsexual,” “FTM,” MTF,” “genderqueer, and “gender dysphoria?” Do you know someone who fits one or more of these categories? Do you picture certain celebrities? Have you been to a drag club (kings or queens) or seen films that depict drag? Have you seen a cross-dressed production of Hamletor Oedipus?
Many of us associate “drag” with gender, sex, and sexual orientation, but have you also considered race, ethnicity, and class as sites of drag performance?
If you’ve seen/read/done/considered any of these, were you shocked and dismayed? Intrigued? Did you have questions? If so, let’s explore them together.
• To become familiar with the historical roots of drag
• To examine, and therefore better understand, relationships between theatrical drag and performance of gender in everyday life
• Through books, articles, films, live performances, and an embodied experience of drag, to gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of the idea of “identity continuum”
• To explore relationships between and among gender, race, ethnicity, and class as they manifest in drag performance