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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001

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History in Drag

History in Drag

Latina/o Queer Affective Circuits in Chicago

Chapter:
(p.185) History in Drag
Source:
The Latina/o Midwest Reader
Author(s):

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.003.0012

This chapter examines the performances of Miss Ketty Teanga, a Chicago-based trans-Latina drag queen, and argues they were an example of Latina/o queer worldmaking. Miss Ketty’s performances evoked history through her fashion, hair, makeup, and musical taste in order to present alternative patterns of cultural consumption to her young fans. In contrast to mainstream drag culture and popular media’s pop-oriented, fast-paced choreography, her performances evoked a queer past by drawing on slow, dramatic presentations of boleros that emphasized upper-body choreography.

Keywords:   drag queen, Latina/o queer life, Latina/o queer Chicago, LGBT, queer worldmaking, queer gesture

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