The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Why Are We All Gagging? (Hardcover)

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This edited volume is an exploration of the social, cultural, political, and commercial implications of the trailblazing reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Going beyond mere analysis of the show itself, the contributors interrogate the ways RuPaul’s Drag Race has affected queer representation in media, examining its audience, economics, branding, queer politics, and every point in between.

Since its groundbreaking and subversive entry into the reality television complex in 2009, the show has had profound effects on drag and the cultures that surround it. Bringing together scholarship across disciplines—including cultural anthropology, media studies, linguistics, sociology, marketing, and theater and performance studies—the collection offers rich academic analysis of Ru Paul’s Drag Race and its lasting influence on fan cultures, queer representation, and the very fabric of drag as an art form in popular cultural consciousness.

About the Author


Cameron Crookston is a Canadian scholar, writer, and university lecturer. His research focuses on drag as a form of cultural memory and seeks to further discussions on elements of nostalgia, queer memory, and historical performance within the art of drag.

Cameron Crookston is a Canadian scholar, writer, and university lecturer. His research focuses on drag as a form of cultural memory and seeks to further discussions on elements of nostalgia, queer memory, and historical performance within the art of drag.

Praise For…


"Gag-worthy. . . . The Cultural Impact of RuPaul's Drag Race turns a fierce lewk without overriding any of the iconic moments served by its predecessors. . . . Condragulations, Cameron Crookston—you're safe! And lest we forget: such safety constitutes a strong recommendation to buy this book, because the true tea is that the mere existence of an increasing number of scholarly treatments of Drag Race is the most gag-worthy thing of all."
— PopMatters

"I'm gagged and you will be too! You'll never watch RuPaul's Drag Race the same again after reading this insightful and provocative book."
— Joe E. Jeffreys, drag historian

"With this anthology there is finally, in one place, a collection of essays with both chronological perspective and diversity of approach, from consumerism and political economy to aesthetics and origins to activism and identity. Between its covers lies a richness and passion for the subject worthy of Drag Race itself."
— Bruce Drushel, Miami University


Product Details
ISBN: 9781789382563
ISBN-10: 1789382564
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
Publication Date: April 1st, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English