Texas Christian University (TCU) is offering a course in the spring semester of 2023 titled, “The Queer Art of Drag.” This course, taught by Nino Testa (also known as Maria von Clapp), falls under TCU’s Women and Gender Studies Department. The syllabus states that students will explore drag performance as a means of social critique, pedagogy, and queer worldmaking. They will also delve into the history of the “queer art of drag,” meet with drag performers and experts, and develop their own drag personas to showcase at TCU’s Annual Night of Drag.

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The syllabus quotes gender revolutionary Leslie Feinberg, who challenges the gender binary enforced by compulsory norms, harassment, and violence serving a white-cis-heteropatriarchy. Feinberg encourages a different perspective on gender, viewing it as poetry rather than a category of being, providing new ways to understand and experience oneself and the world.

As part of the course requirements, each student must record, edit, and share a one-to-two-minute solo drag performance with an open audience at TCU’s Annual Night of Drag on April 21.

During the second week of classes, students will study texts such as “The Gender Binary is a Tool of White Supremacy” by Kravitz Marshall and “How Drag Villains Became the Far Right’s Ultimate Villains” by Colleen Hamilton.

Additional readings and videos in the curriculum include “Drag pedagogy: The playful practice of queer imagination in early childhood” by Harper Keenan and Lil Miss Hot Mess, “Drag Kids,” and “Queer Childhoods and Drag Race” by Mary Zaborskis.

Students will also learn about and explore the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” who faced controversy when the LA Dodgers honored this activist drag queen troupe at their annual pride night celebration.

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