WOMENSTD 801 - Special Seminar
Section: 001 Trans Latinx American Drag
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What are the specificities of drag performance and trans experience in Latin America and the Caribbean and among U.S. Latinas/os? This course will focus on ethnographic, literary, film, performance, and cultural studies approaches to the analysis of drag and trans, broadly conceived (including loca, muxe, travesti, transformista, transsexual, transgender, cross-dressing, drag queen, and drag king identities and practices) in a culturally-specific context that does not necessarily correspond to dominant (hegemonic, mainstream) categories in the United States. Our readings will include literary and scholarly materials and documentary and fiction films from diverse countries. General discussions will be framed in the context of Latinx, Latin American, and women-of-color feminism, transgender studies, the queer of color critique, and LGBT activist struggles. We will focus on Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and United States. Some of the artists studied may include Carmelita Tropicana, Freddie Mercado, Giuseppe Campuzano (Museo Travesti del Perú), Holly Woodlawn, Jesusa Rodríguez, José Donoso, Manuel Ramos Otero, Mayra Santos-Febres, Nina Flowers, Pedro Lemebel and Francisco Casas (Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis), and Severo Sarduy. Key films may include Paris Is Burning, The Salt Mines, The Transformation, Andy Warhol’s Trash, Madame Satã, and Mala Mala as well as RuPaul’s Drag Race (television). Critical and theoretical readings may include texts by Beatriz (Paul) Preciado, Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Don Kulick, Esther Newton, Judith Butler, Judith (Jack) Halberstam, José Esteban Muñoz, Marcia Ochoa, Nelly Richard, and Vek Lewis.

Course Requirements:

Students will do oral presentations and submit a final research paper.

Class Format:

All course materials (readings and films) will be available in English and in original language (Spanish or Portuguese). Class will be conducted in English and/or Spanish, according to student preferences and needs.

WOMENSTD 801 - Special Seminar
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001 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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