Graduation Year

2012

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-8-2012

Major Department or Program

Politics

Advisor(s)

Susanne Beechey

Abstract

In recent years, political gains for LGBTI rights in Ecuador have not been accompanied by cultural shifts toward tolerance. This thesis looks at the use of drag and performance art as activism in the context of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, as an evolution of LGBTI activism in response to cultural hostility. Interviews with two primary art-activist organizations are analyzed through the lens of performance theory. This analysis finds that art-activism provides activists with an inroad into structures of heteronormativity and homophobia to shift the broader culture in ways that activism of an exclusively political orientation cannot.

Page Count

42

Subject Headings

Gays -- Ecuador -- Quito -- Social life and customs, Gays -- Ecuador -- Quito -- Art, Whitman College 2012 -- Dissertation collection -- Politics Department

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10349/1174

Document Type

Public Accessible Thesis

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