Reading: Muñoz, José Esteban. “The White to be Angry” in Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. University of Minnesota, 1999.

In this episode of Drag Pod, Karleen Rutter discusses José Esteban Muñoz’ chapter “The White to be Angry” from his 1999 book, Disidentifications. This chapter examines the racial politics of drag and Muñoz’s concept of disidentification through the work of radical drag artists Vaginal Davis. This reading appeared in our week discussing Drag and punk culture and contributed to our discussions on drag’s intersections with performance art, critical race theory, and the politics of respectability. At the time of recording Karleen Rutter was a fourth year Cultural Studies major at the UBC Okanagan.

Drag Pod- CULT 400: Drag and Popular Culture
Dr. Cameron Crookston

The Drag Pod assignment in CULT 400: Drag and Popular Culture was created to give students a chance to further engage with a course reading, practice their research skill, and explore their own personal interests in the course material. Each student selected one of the assigned course readings as the topic of their podcast. They were then asked to provide a close reading of the text and conduct some basic additional research on one element of the text to provide further context for their audience. Podcast episodes were shared with the rest of the class to as a kind of “study aid” and to prompt class discussions.