RuPaul's Drag & Its Impact

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

RuPaul's Drag & Its Impact

Fall 2021

Taught By: Joe Jeffreys

Section: AX

CRN: 11072

Credits: 4

For over a dozen years the reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race has undeniably globally impacted the way drag is perceived and consumed. This seminar + course, structured like Drag Race with mini challenges, maxi challenges and a runway final project, interrogates the Emmy Award winning show and the international empire it has generated. The class interrogates at the show’s representations of gender, race, ethnicity, body image, community and style as it places the show into larger contextual histories of reality television and drag performance from vaudeville and the 1980s East Village to House balls, Wigstock and Bushwig. What is the public’s ongoing fascination with drag and how does RPDR foster and reshape it and the profession? How do RuPaul’s Drag Con, drag kids and drag brunches fit into the phenomenon? How does the show impact local drag communities as it expands into an international media franchise? Readings from academic essay anthologies, popular media, fan sites as well as guest speakers and video viewings are featured throughout the course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:13pm 12/6/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

Date Range: 9/2/2021 - 12/16/2021