Is celebration of culturally marginalized people by the dominant culture actually benefiting those who are oppressed? Whose interests are served in such a celebration, and how are existing power relations altered? These are some of the questions Champagne asks in this original and timely critique, which moves gay studies beyond both identity politics and the “rights” discourse within which much of contemporary gay studies is positioned. Champagne argues that in the modern West, culturally margianlized people such as gays cannot define and legitimate their own existence outside the framework established for them by the dominant group. To illustrate this premise, Champoagne analyzes a number of recent films, including Paris is Burning, Urinal, and Malrin Riggs’ 1989 video Tongues Untied, along with gay pronography, using the work of such critics of difference as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gayatri Spivak.
In addition to two novels and four scholarly monographs, Champagne has published academic essays, personal narrative, and poems in both anthologies and literary and scholarly journals.
Champagne’s work has been reviewed in such venues as TLS, Modernism/modernity, and gender/sexuality/Italy. For a list of Champagne’s citations, see the complete Google Scholar page.