Unit For Global Justice


A series of podcasts created by the Unit for Global Justice at Goldsmiths.

Podcasts in this series

Lena Horne: Divas, Desire and Discipline

Deborah Paredez

This paper offers a close analysis of a performance by the diva, Lena Horne. In her 1963 appearance as the headlining act on the The Judy Garland Show, Horne resists the racial liberalist framing of their staged act and queers its constructions of racialized femininity. Through gesture, voice, comportment, tempo, reserve, and tenor, Lena Horne's performance signals the disciplining of the civil rights era body for the cameras while simultaneously baring its affective underseam of justified—barely fastened—rage.

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