Jesus Camp Queen


  • Angela J Latham Governors State University


Jesus Camp Queen is an autoethnographic performance (comprised of text and video) about the author/performer’s formative experiences as a member of a fundamentalist Christian sect and particularly the gendered nature of her faithfulness to its religious values. Latham relates her “successful” embodiment of a culturally prescribed femininity as evidenced by her selection as “queen” of a fundamentalist church camp and later as a member of a queen’s court at a church-affiliated college. Ultimately, her disaffection with “fundamental femininity” culminates within yet another court ceremony marked by the tragic death of one of its participants.

Author Biography

Angela J Latham, Governors State University

Angela J. Latham is Professor of Theatreand Performance at Governors State University in the south suburbs of Chicago. She is the author of Posing a Threat: Flappers, Chorus Girls, and other Brazen Performers of the American 1920s (Wesleyan University Press). Her essays have appeared in Theatre Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Liminalities.