This book identifies and analyzes the ways in which RuPaul's Drag Race has reshaped the visibility of drag culture in the US and internationally, as well as how the program has changed understandings of reality TV. This edited volume illustrates how drag has become a significant aspect of LGBTQ experience and identity globally through RuPaul's Drag Race, and how the show has reformed a media landscape in which competition and reality itself are understood as given. Taking on lenses addressing race, ethnicity, geographical origin, cultural identity, physicality and body image, and participation in drag culture across the globe, this volume offers critical, non-traditional, and first-hand perspectives on drag culture.
Niall Brennan has a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, where his research focused on the national and global implications of the Brazilian television mini-series since Brazil's re-democratization. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication at Fairfield University, Connecticut, USA.
David Gudelunas holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa, USA.