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Type: Journal article
Title: Drag kinging: Embodied acts and acts of embodiment
Author: Hanson, Julie Louise
Citation: Body and Society, 2007; 13 (1):61-106
Publisher: Sage Publications
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1357-034X
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences : Gender, Work and Social Inquiry
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Julie Hanson
Abstract: This article offers speculative analyses on embodiment and corporeality, with particular reference made to drag kinging as an embodied performance of female masculinity to both initiate and highlight these. In particular I explore and employ Karen Barad's post-humanist elaboration of performativity, and Warwick and Cavallaro's provocative discussions on the dress/body relationship to do this. This lends itself to thinking and theorizing corporeality and the socially produced body in terms not reducible to easy dualisms; for example, material/immaterial, mind/body and nature/culture divides. By maintaining a ‘tension’ between such dualisms, I hope to highlight, through personal drag king narratives and my own speculative writing, that drag kinging is much more than just a ‘performance’, but is in fact a powerful corporeal experience that I have come to term ‘drag king embodiment’.
Keywords: corporeality; drag; embodiment; female masculinity; performance
Description: Copyright © 2007 SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/1357034X07074779
Appears in Collections:Gender Studies and Social Analysis publications

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