Recycling the Visual and Sonic Image of the queerqueen Figure
Chapter 1 provides an introduction to this book’s central argument that speech and/or writing produced by queerqueen personalities is ventriloquilized and entextualized by transcribers, ghost writers, editors, and/or producers through language-labor practices. The chapter traces the recycling of the visual and sonic image of the queerqueen figure in contemporary popular culture from the 1950s. It proposes that, though processes of mass commodification, the trope of the (sometimes) cross-dressing (sometimes) cross-speaking queerqueen has been recycled in print, audiovisual, and digital media through recurring cultural “booms.” These “booms” position queerqueen speech as a new phenomenon and shape the commodification of it within the historical and cultural context that forms the background to Japanese popular cultural productions. This chapter outlines how one can trace the entextualization of “queer linguistic excess” and its containment through analysis of the (re)production of “actual” conversations by “authentic” queerqueens as written text.
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