"You all are sisters! We are all family!" The construction of parenthood in 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

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Davide Passa
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3327-2101

Abstract

Drag queens epitomise gender fluidity, where the heteronormative binarism male/female is blurred and parodied. Their unconventional nature is reflected in the structure of their community, where they have created alternatives to the heteronormative family, which is historically based on heterosexual marriage and parenthood. Drag families are to be seen as places of personal and financial support, a refuge for young gay men who have been rejected by their “real” families and have financial problems. This study seeks to give prominence to the construction of parenthood in RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-2021) by analysing the discourse – i. e. the system of statements – around drag family, parenthood and sisterhood in a corpus of 174 episodes. The research is carried out in the light of Corpus Linguistics, with the use of #Lancsbox, a software for the analysis of language data and corpora.

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Passa, D. “‘You All Are Sisters! We Are All family!’ The Construction of Parenthood in ’RuPaul’s Drag Race’”. Linguaculture, vol. 12, no. 2, Dec. 2021, pp. 127-44, doi:10.47743/lincu-2021-2-0199.
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Translation and Language Studies
Author Biography

Davide Passa, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Davide PASSA is a PhD student in Studies in English literatures, cultures, language, and translation (Language and Translation Studies) at Sapienza University of Rome (in co-tutelle with University of Silesia in Katowice; tutors: Irene Ranzato, Adam Wojtaszek), where he has also been nominated Graduate Teaching Assistant in L-LIN/12 English language and translation. He has mainly worked on non-standard English varieties and their representation and translation in audiovisual and literary products. He is a member of AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica), EST (European Society for Translation Studies) and IATIS (International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies), as well as part of the Editorial Staff of the class-A journal Status Quaestionis. He has published articles on the fictional use of sociolects and their rendering in translation, with particular attention to fictional gayspeak and drag lingo. His PhD thesis focuses on the linguistic characterisation of fictional gay men in twenty-first century British drama. His main research interests are Sociolinguistics, (Audiovisual) Translation Studies, language and sexuality studies, corpus linguistics. He teaches English language and culture in secondary schools.

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