Drawing on burlesque: Excessive display and fat desire in the work of Cristina vela

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Abstract

Often viewed as asexual, the fat female subject has been discursively excluded from traditional expressions of fantasy, a cultural failing that has led to a paucity of empowering representations of fat sexuality. Contemporary performances of burlesque provide the stage for redefining the fat performer as a desiring subject. Fat burlesque also finds two-dimensional representation in the drawings of Cristina Vela, small-scale illustrations of fat bodies engaged in erotic and playful striptease known as Las Gordas, a translation that critically engages the politics of imaging fat burlesque as a means of imagining fat agency through a discourse of excess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-131
Number of pages14
JournalFat Studies
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Burlesque
  • Carnival
  • Excess
  • Gordas
  • Vela

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