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Preserving Queer History

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Material Information

Title: Preserving Queer History Drag Balls as Bakhtinian Carnivalesque and Sociological Ingroup Phenomenon in Paris is Burning
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Traurig, Solomon
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Queer
Bakhtin
Carnivalesque
Grotesque
Drag Ball
Paris is Burning
Sociological Ingroup
Ingroup
Outgroup
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In this thesis, I reiterate the importance of archiving the cultural events of queer and other marginalized peoples. I use the film Paris Is Burning, which captures drag ball culture in 1980s Harlem, as an example of this documentation. The evidence of the culture depicts lower-class, queer people of color with specialized identities and values opposite ofthose of the outside society. This inversion of values and the presence of people who might be characterized as "grotesque" is reminiscent of Bakhtin's notion of the camivalesque. When framing the drag ball as carnivalesque, it is possible to see drag ball culture as a sociological ingroup. This status explains that the marginalized remain marginalized as they self-identify as such, while also reinforcing hegemony through the iterative performance of their oppressors as the powerful inverse of themselves. These behaviors guarantee the carnival as a safe space for its participants, who are unable to subsist similarly in the outside world. Their behaviors are more easily accepted, but only with the dilution of meaning they undergo in the process of being co-opted by the mainstream. Examples of these complications fortify the claim that queer history must be protected through documentation.
Statement of Responsibility: by Solomon Traurig
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Clark, Maribeth

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 T7
System ID: NCFE003858:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003858/00001

Material Information

Title: Preserving Queer History Drag Balls as Bakhtinian Carnivalesque and Sociological Ingroup Phenomenon in Paris is Burning
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Traurig, Solomon
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Queer
Bakhtin
Carnivalesque
Grotesque
Drag Ball
Paris is Burning
Sociological Ingroup
Ingroup
Outgroup
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In this thesis, I reiterate the importance of archiving the cultural events of queer and other marginalized peoples. I use the film Paris Is Burning, which captures drag ball culture in 1980s Harlem, as an example of this documentation. The evidence of the culture depicts lower-class, queer people of color with specialized identities and values opposite ofthose of the outside society. This inversion of values and the presence of people who might be characterized as "grotesque" is reminiscent of Bakhtin's notion of the camivalesque. When framing the drag ball as carnivalesque, it is possible to see drag ball culture as a sociological ingroup. This status explains that the marginalized remain marginalized as they self-identify as such, while also reinforcing hegemony through the iterative performance of their oppressors as the powerful inverse of themselves. These behaviors guarantee the carnival as a safe space for its participants, who are unable to subsist similarly in the outside world. Their behaviors are more easily accepted, but only with the dilution of meaning they undergo in the process of being co-opted by the mainstream. Examples of these complications fortify the claim that queer history must be protected through documentation.
Statement of Responsibility: by Solomon Traurig
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Clark, Maribeth

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 T7
System ID: NCFE003858:00001

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