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RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Shifting Visibility of Drag Culture

The Boundaries of Reality TV

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  • © 2017


  • The first book to provide a global view on the RuPaul’s Drag Race phenomenon
  • Offers critical perspectives on the program and its relationship to larger questions of LGBTQ culture
  • Includes contributions from scholars, performers, and people involved with the program alike

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. RuPaul’s Drag Race, Globalization and Social Media


About this book

This book identifies and analyzes the ways in which RuPaul’s Drag Race has reshaped the visibility of drag culture in the US and internationally, as well as how the program has changed understandings of reality TV. This edited volume illustrates how drag has become a significant aspect of LGBTQ experience and identity globally through RuPaul’s Drag Race, and how the show has reformed a media landscape in which competition and reality itself are understood as given. Taking on lenses addressing race, ethnicity, geographical origin, cultural identity, physicality and body image, and participation in drag culture across the globe, this volume offers critical, non-traditional, and first-hand perspectives on drag culture.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Communication, Fairfield University, Fairfield, USA

    Niall Brennan

  • College of Arts and Letters, University of Tampa, Tampa, USA

    David Gudelunas

About the editors

Niall Brennan has a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, where his research focused on the national and global implications of the Brazilian television mini-series since Brazil’s re-democratization. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication at Fairfield University, Connecticut, USA.

David Gudelunas holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa, USA.

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