Out and Bad: Toward a Queer Performance Hermeneutic in Jamaican Dancehall

  title={Out and Bad: Toward a Queer Performance Hermeneutic in Jamaican Dancehall},
  author={Nadia Ellis},
  journal={Small Axe},
  pages={23 - 7}
  • N. Ellis
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Art
  • Small Axe
This article provides a set of readings toward what I am calling a “queer performance hermeneutic” of dancehall culture. It argues that although dancehall appears to be rigidly heteronormative, there are modes of queer performance within its culture, modes that may even be enabled by its various discourses of homophobia. I suggest that the development of an interpretative practice that brings together queer theory, African diasporic studies, dancehall studies, and performance studies will… 
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