State of Transformation: Drag Queen Masculinity in Two Scottish Texts

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Abstract

This article examines contrasting depictions of the Scottish 'hard man' as drag queens in texts by Russell Barr and Irvine Welsh. Women are effectively ejected from these narratives, and drag works as an appropriation or colonization of the absent feminine. The radical potential of drag to undermine the dominant gender polarity is questioned here as the oppressive power of masculinity is reinstated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Online
JournalGenders
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Gender, cross-dressing, drag, sexuality, Scottish hard man, masculinity, femininity

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