Archives par mot-clé : LGBT

Parution : The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Why Are We All Gagging?

Cameron Crookston (dir.), The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race (Book)
Why Are We All Gagging?, Intellect, 2021. 

The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race is a collection of original material that goes beyond simple analysis of the show and examines the profound effect that RuPaul’s Drag Race has had on the cultures that surround it: audience cultures, economics, branding, queer politics and all points in between. What was once a cult show marketed primarily to gay men, Drag Racehas drawn both praise and criticism for its ability to market itself to broader, straighter and increasingly younger fans. The show’s depiction of drag as both a celebrated form of entertainment and as a potentially lucrative career path, has created an explosion of aspiring queens in unprecedented numbers and has had far-reaching impacts on drag as both an art form and a career.

Contributors include scholars based in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and South Africa.  The contributions are interdisciplinary, as well as international.  The editor invited submissions from scholars in theatre and performance studies, English literature, cultural anthropology, media studies, linguistics, sociology and marketing.  What he envisaged was an examination of the wider cultural impacts that RuPaul’s Drag Race has had.  What he received was a rich and diverse engagement with the question of how Drag Race has affected local, live cultures, fan cultures, queer representation and the very fabric of drag as an art form in popular cultural consciousness.

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Appel à contributions : Arts, Cultures et Activismes LGBTI et Queer

Genre, Sexualité & Société – Appel à articles.

Arts, Cultures et Activismes LGBTI et Queer.
Cultures, identités et mobilisations collectives à l’aune des productions artistiques et médiatiques.

(English below)

Coordination :
Louise Barrière (Doctorante – Musique & Arts du Spectacle, 2L2S, Université de Lorraine)
Mélodie Marull (Docteure – Arts plastiques, CREM, Université de Lorraine)

En 2017, le long–métrage de fiction 120 battements par minute, réalisé par Robin Campillo, porte sur le grand écran l’histoire d’Act Up-Paris, association de lutte contre le sida fondée en 1989. Le film gagne l’approbation tant de la critique que du public ; et ce succès est intéressant à plus d’un titre. D’abord parce que le film met en scène l’histoire d’une lutte portée, des années 1980 à nos jours, par les mouvements LGBT. Aussi, parce que la popularité de 120 battements par minutesréveille, du côté des interlocuteurs institutionnels, le débat autour d’un projet de centre d’archives LGBT à Paris, porté par des militant·es, qui fondent en 2017, à la faveur du succès du film et à l’impulsion d’Act Up-Paris, le collectif Archives LGBTIQ. L’histoire de ce film, de sa création à sa réception, révèle ainsi les intrications multiples de l’art, la culture, et la politique des mouvements LGBTI et queer. Ce sont ces agencements, dans toute leur variété, que nous proposons d’interroger ici.

L’intitulé de ce dossier, « Arts, Cultures et Activismes LGBTI et Queer » joue de termes polysémiques, mobilisés dans la formation de concepts qui émergent eux-mêmes de disciplines variées. « Cultures » peut ainsi désigner, dans un sens anthropologique, l’ensemble des traits distinctifs caractérisant le mode de vie d’une communauté (voir par exemple les travaux de Kennedy & Davis, 1993 ; Lewin & Leap, 1996), mais également référer aux cultures populaires (de Lauretis, 2007), aux industries culturelles, ou encore à la culture légitime. « Queer » se fait quant à lui terme « parapluie », englobant l’ensemble des identités LGBTI (Lesbiennes, Gays, Bisexuel–les, Trans’ et Intersexes), mais peut aussi renvoyer à une forme de militantisme radical, ou, dans l’acception de (gender)queer, à des identités de genre troublant la binarité masculin–féminin (Butler, 2005), si ce n’est à une anti–identité (Alexander, 1999 ; Gamson, 1995). Si les auteurs et autrices demeurent libres de choisir l’interprétation qu’ils et elles feront de ces termes dans la construction de leurs terrains et objets d’enquête, penser leur diversité et leurs liens appelle à la constitution de dialogues interdisciplinaires. Afin d’établir une première esquisse de ces questions, nous donnons ci-après un aperçu non exhaustif des concepts mobilisables dans l’analyse des manières variées dont s’entrelacent cultures, esthétiques, identités et actions collectives.

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Appel à propositions : Podcasting Disruptive Voices. New Narratives of Race, Gender & Sexuality

Podcasting Disruptive Voices. New Narratives of Race, Gender & Sexuality

Inspired by Marshall MacLuhan’s pivotal statement that “the medium is the message,” this volume seeks to explore how the emergence of new media has challenged public discourse and epistemological approaches on societal issues in France. While we welcome contributions on new platforms like webseries, online newsletters, YouTube channels, and blogs, the present study will mainly focus on podcasts, which, with their growing popularity, have become a cultural phenomenon in France. In the same way that increased accessibility of the video format supported the feminist and the gay and lesbian movements in the 1970s, by allowing these underrepresented subjects to show images of themselves and politicize their personal lives, podcasts are now considered the platform of choice to give a voice to invisible bodies and communities. Through this medium, minority groups challenge gender normativity, embrace intersectional feminism, and unveil France’s deep-rooted racism (whether systemic, casual, or stereotypical) and its biases. As the title of the section — recently dedicated to this media form in Les Inrocks (14/10/2020) — suggests, podcasts “f[ont] entendre des voix qui n’ont pas été entendues” (allow us to hear voices that have not yet been heard) (23-25).   Continuer la lecture de Appel à propositions : Podcasting Disruptive Voices. New Narratives of Race, Gender & Sexuality

Parution : Lesbians on Television. New Queer Visibility & The Lesbian Normal

Kate McNicholas Smith, Lesbians on Television. New Queer Visibility & The Lesbian Normal, Intellect, 2020. 

The twenty-first century has seen LGBTQ+ rights emerge at the forefront of public discourse and national politics in ways that would once have been hard to imagine. This book offers a unique and layered account of the complex dynamics in the modern moment of social change, drawing together critical, social and cultural theory as well as empirical research, which includes interviews and multi-platform media analyses.

This original new study puts forward a much-needed analysis of twenty-first century television and lesbian visibility. Books addressing the representation of lesbians have tended to focus on film; analysis of queer characters on television has usually focused on representations of gay males.  Other recent books have attempted to address lesbian, gay and trans representation together, with the result that none are examined in sufficient detail – here, the exclusive focus on lesbian representation allows a fuller discussion. Until now, much of the research on lesbian and gay representation has tended to employ only textual analysis. The combination of audience research with analysis in this book brings a new angle to the debates, as does the critical review of the tropes of lesbian representation. The earlier stereotypes of pathological monsters and predators are discussed alongside the more recent trends of ‘lesbian chic’ and ‘lesbianism as a phase’. 

Kate McNicholas Smith is lecturer in television theory at the University of Westminster. Continuer la lecture de Parution : Lesbians on Television. New Queer Visibility & The Lesbian Normal

Parution : New Queer Horror Film and Television

Darren Elliott-Smith, John Edgar Browning (dir.), New Queer Horror Film and Television, University of Wales Press, “Horror Studies”, 2020. 

This anthology comprises essays that study the form, aesthetics and representations of LGBTQ+ identities in an emerging sub-genre of film and television termed ‘New Queer Horror’. This sub-genre designates horror crafted by directors/producers who identify as gay, bi, queer or transgendered, or works like Jeepers Creepers (2001), Let the Right One In (2008), Hannibal (2013–15), or American Horror Story: Coven (2013–14), which feature homoerotic or explicitly homosexual narratives with ‘out’ LGBTQ+ characters. Unlike other studies, this anthology argues that New Queer Horror projects contemporary anxieties within LGBTQ+ subcultures onto its characters and into its narratives, building upon the previously figurative role of Queer monstrosity in the moving image. New Queer Horror thus highlights the limits of a metaphorical understanding of queerness in the horror film, in an age where its presence has become unambiguous. Ultimately, this anthology aims to show that in recent years New Queer Horror has turned the focus of fear on itself, on its own communities and subcultures. Continuer la lecture de Parution : New Queer Horror Film and Television

Publication : « Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music », Doris Leibetseder

Now available from Ashgate Publishing…

Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music, Doris Leibetseder, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt (Austria)

Queer Tracks describes motifs in popular music that deviate from heterosexual orientation, the binary gender system and fixed identities. This cutting-edge work deals with the key concepts of current gender politics and queer theory in rock and pop music, including irony, parody, camp, mask/masquerade, mimesis/mimicry, cyborg, transsexuality, and dildo. Queer Tracks is a revised translation of Queere Tracks. Subversive Strategien in Rock- und Popmusik, originally published in German.

Contents: Introduction: historical prelude; Irony – the cutting edge; Parody – gender trouble; Camp – queer revolt in style; Mask/masquerade – transforming the gaze; Mimesis/mimicry – poetic aesthetic; Cyborg – transhuman; Trans* – border wars?; Dildo –gender blender; Fade out: looking forward; Bibliography; Index.

Sample pages are available to view online at: Mag.a Doris Leibetseder
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Doris Leibetseder: Queer Tracks. Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music. Ashgate (December) 2012 
ISBN 978-1-4094-3702-4 
eISBN 978-1-4094-3703-1

Doris Leibetseder: Queere Tracks. Subversive Strategien in der Rock- und Popmusik.
Verlag: Transcript; EUR 29,80
ISBN: 978-3-8376-1193-9