Is Lady Bracknell Voguing?

Can we think of Lady Bracknell (in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest) as being engaged in a “verbal vogue”?  We debated this in class yesterday.  See examples below.

Definition of Voguing:  See Wikipedia entry and Excerpt from Paris is Burning documentary

Also see this delightful epic sheroes vogue battle:

Highlights from cross-dressed Lady Bracknell performance by Brian Bedford:

See also these pop culture samples of voguing by Madonna (“Vogue”, 1990)

and Beyoncé (“Get Me Bodied,” 2006).


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