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A History of Drag

Saturday 26 January - Saturday 26 January

  • Time: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Days of Week: Saturday
  • Course Code: AC19214
  • Subject: Arts and Culture
  • Tutor: Dr Jacob Bloomfield
  • Max students: 16
  • Number of Sessions: 1
  • Status: Available/A
  • Cost: £47.00 to £62.00
  • Concs. : £47
Male cross-dressing performance has endured as an essential part of the fabric of British entertainment. From the Elizabethan boy player, to the bawdy Victorian dame, to the glamorous and avant-garde incarnations of the medium seen today, drag has long held the power to arouse amorous passions, laughter, pathos, and controversy – sometimes all at once. In this historical overview of male drag in nineteenth through late-twentieth-century Britain, we will investigate the concept of drag as queer performance and the ways in which representations and views of male cross-dressing can illuminate our understanding of wider cultural attitudes towards sexuality and gender in the past.

For more information about this course and what you will learn, see the course outline.

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IMAGE: Gordon Rainsford Archive at Bishopsgate Institute

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