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State of Transformation: Drag Queen Masculinity in Two Scottish Texts

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    Rights statement: From an open journal: genders.org. (c) Carole Jones. Published in Issue 50, 2009. Can be viewed on original website at http://www.genders.org/g50/g50_jones.html

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Online
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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.

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

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