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An Archaeology of Posing
Essays on Camp, Drag, and Sexuality
Moe Meyer

Beyond text-based queer theory to a critique of gay cultural performance

An Archaeology of Posing compiles two decades of new and previously published writing on gay culture by one of the field’s most provocative and outspoken critics. Diverging from the text-based premise of most queer theory, Meyer utilizes performance studies and interpretive anthropology to examine camp and drag performances in the spaces in which they appear. He explores a variety of topics—from transsexual striptease and Harlem drag balls to the death of camp —within the genre of queer drag and sexuality performance. This collection of essays, with Meyer’s rejection of gender parity and his celebration of the effeminate gay male body, presents a fresh interpretation of established art forms. From the pre-Stonewall era to the present day, Meyer’s cultural critique redefines how we understand the phenomena of camp and drag.

“Meyer’s greatest contribution to contemporary performance, dance, and queer studies has been his willingness, and scholarly ability, to argue against received opinion and to criticize dominant methodologies. He provides a more specific reading of the relations between performance and discourse than has been typical of many performance and dance scholars. His The Politics and Poetics of Camp remains a landmark publication in queer performance studies, offering a range of concrete, historically, and spatially situated performative genealogies of queer gency.”
—Thomas A. King, author of The Gendering of Men, 1600–1750

Moe Meyer has been a lecturer in performance studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and now resides in Madison, Wisconsin. He is author of the influential The Politics and Poetics of Camp.

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Cover of book is red with drawn images of individuals posing.

June 2010

LC: 2009913712
192 pp.    6 x 9    1 b/w photo
Paper $24.95 s

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