The drag king book

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Serpent's Tail, Aug 1, 1999 - Social Science - 154 pages
100 photographs, 25 in color. This book, the first to chart the explosive rise of drag kings, combines the photographs of Del LaGrace Volcano with the text of Judith Halberstam.

The text, a savvy mix of interviews and theory, contains important insights on the notion of female masculinities as exhibited by the drag king scene. The photographs of drag kings in London, New York, and San Francisco showcase these exuberant performers with an appropriate sense of admiration. They include posed studio shots, live action pictures, as well as the intimate images of drag kings dressing up and practicing their looks. The book celebrates the most important new developments on the New York and San Francisco club scene.

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User Review  - DawnFinley - LibraryThing

Finally! A book on drag kings! Halberstam gives the writing here true-blue academic credibility, without taking the analysis into the jargon-riddled theoretical stratosphere. The kings featured here ... Read full review


What is a Drag King?
The King is Dead Long Live the King

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About the author (1999)

Del LaGrace Volcano is one of the world's leading queer cultural producers, cited and reproduced in numerous publications, journals and books on visual art, as well as queer and feminist theory for the past 15 years. Femmes of Power is his fifth photographic monograph.

Judith Halberstam is professor of literature at UC San Diego. She is the author of "Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters", "Female Masculinity" and co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of "The Drag King Book.