The Year's Work in Showgirls Studies is a fan culture volume that deconstructs how and why Showgirls, a 1995 drama with a female lead bent on becoming a famous performer in Las Vegas, became a much-contested cult film despite being a critical failure when it released.
The collection orchestrates a conversation between scholarly essay work and archival documentation offering a magnificent representation of the array of responses generated by the film, its makers, its promoters, and its audience. A multifaceted approach to the film, its popularity, and its social relevance results in a new text for understanding normative social hierarchies of sexuality, race, and gender.
The Year's Work in Showgirls Studies engages with the figurative and actual place of sex work and feminized affective labor in our society.
About the Author
Melissa Hardie is Associate Professor of English at the University of Sydney. Her recent work appears in Australian Humanities Review, Textual Practice, Film Quarterly, and Angelaki and her most recent book chapter (with Amy Villarejo) appears in Television Studies in Queer Times.Meaghan Morris is Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is author of The Pirate's Fiancée: Feminism, Reading, Postmodernism; of Too Soon Too Late: History in Popular Culture; and of Identity Anecdotes: Translation and Media Culture.Kane Race is Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. He is author of Pleasure Consuming Medicine: The Queer Politics of Drugs; of The Gay Science: Intimate Experiments with the Problem of HIV; and (with Gay Hawkins and Emily Potter) of Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water.