An Archaeology of Posing: Essays on Camp, Drag, and Sexuality

An Archeology of Posing by Moe Meyer reviewed

This critique of gay cultural performance compiles two decades of new and previously published writings 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. An Archaeology of Posing is distributed for Macater Press by The University of Wisconsin Press.