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Reading the L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (Reading Contemporary Television Series)

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As America's first television series about lesbians, The L Word captured national attention when it debuted in 2004, and has continued to make headlines since. The Showtime cable drama about a group of lesbian and bisexual friends in Los Angeles challenges traditional notions of relationships, gender, and sex, and has generated both controversy and devotion within the lesbian community. Contributors write on how the show deals with topics like third-wave feminism, bisexuality, race, glamor, sex, relationships, ...

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Overview

As America's first television series about lesbians, The L Word captured national attention when it debuted in 2004, and has continued to make headlines since. The Showtime cable drama about a group of lesbian and bisexual friends in Los Angeles challenges traditional notions of relationships, gender, and sex, and has generated both controversy and devotion within the lesbian community. Contributors write on how the show deals with topics like third-wave feminism, bisexuality, race, glamor, sex, relationships, music, as well as how the series has been marketed to and received by viewers. Also included are interviews with key contributors to the show itself. Throughout, the essays address both humorously and analytically what The L Word says about lesbians—and what lesbians say about The L Word.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845111793
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Series: Reading Contemporary Television
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Akass is Lecturer in Film Studies at London Metropolitan University. Janet McCabe is Lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. Both are editors of Reading Sex & the City (I.B.Tauris, 2004) and Reading Six Feet Under (I.B.Tauris, 2005). Sarah Warn is the founder and editor of AfterEllen.com and AfterElton.com, leading entertainment websites for gays and lesbians.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : the letter 'L'
1 Sex and the clittie
2 The L word under-whelms the UK? 15
3 Interview with Guinevere Turner (November 2004) 27
4 New queer cable? : The L word, the small screen and the bigger picture 33
5 The (in)visible lesbian : anxieties of representation in The L word 43
6 How does a lesbian look? : Stendahl's syndrome and The L word 55
7 Lipstick leviathans : demonologies of the lesbian body in The L word 69
8 Heteronormativity and The L word : from a politics of representation to a politics of norms 81
9 Straight-up sex in The L word 99
10 The chart 111
11 'L' is for long term' : compulsory monogamy on The L word 115
12 Why is The L word sexy? 139
13 What is a straight girl to do? : Ivan's serenade, Kit's dilemma 143
14 Is she man enough? : female masculinities on The L word 159
15 Interview with Katherine Moening (March 2003) 173
16 The other 'L' word : representing a Latina identity 177
17 The glamour factor and the Fiji effect 183
18 Radical acts : biracial visibility and The L word 189
19 Hot stuff : music as a language of lesbian culture 199
20 Interview with Erin Daniels (January 2004) 209
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