About The Roots and Routes of Boylesque



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“What’s boylesque? It’s the dessert. I’ve been eating for 15 years and the dessert has finally arrived.

— World Famous *BOB*

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The dissertation project The Roots and Routes of Boylesque addresses the history and political aspects of boylesque. Kalle Westerling, Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, analyzes the genre and the employment of the term boylesque in relation to a larger history of male striptease in New York, the US, and globally. The “new” genre of boylesque has a long history. It’s my attempt here to find that long and winding path.


facepicKalle Westerling is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He also co-directs the Scholars project for the The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). He is on the Board of Directors for The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, as well as the board of Swedish Performance Studies-focused publishing house STUTS. Read his full CV on his personal website.

Current List of Artists
Because many ask me who are performing in the genre, I have included a list of all the artists below.

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