RuPaul's Drag & Its Impact

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
RuPaul's Drag & Its Impact
Spring 2024
Taught By: Joe E. Jeffreys
Section: AX

CRN: 13596

Credits: 4

For over fifteen 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, explores the Emmy Award winning show and the international empire it has generated. The class interrogates 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. Today’s drag culture wars are probed along with queries including: 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 and politics as it expands into an international media franchise? Readings from academic essay anthologies, popular media, fan sites as well video viewings and the possibility of guest speakers are featured throughout the course. This course fulfills an elective requirement for Theater majors and minors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 1:44am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 464
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024