Televising Queer Women: A Reader

Televising Queer Women: A Reader

by R. Beirne (Editor)


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Televising Queer Women: A Reader by R. Beirne

This timely collection provides high-quality interdisciplinary essays which address lesbian and bisexual representation in popular television shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, E.R., Queer as Folk, Sex and the City, The L Word and The O.C. It also offers a critical introduction to queer women on television and to the scholarship that discusses such representation, and allows a framework for a multiplicity of viewpoints on a variety of topics and series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230340985
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/05/2012
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Beirne is a lecturer in Film, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is the author of Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium (2008), co-editor (with James Bennett) of Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand (2011) and has published multiple essays discussing queer representation in popular culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Introduction: A Critical Introduction to Queer Women on Television Rebecca Beirne 1

1 Resisting, Reiterating, and Dancing Through: The Swinging Closet Doors of Ellen DeGeneres's Televised Personalities Candace Moore 17

2 Mommy's Got a Gal-Pal: The Victimized Lesbian Mother in the Made-for-TV Movie Kelly Kessler 33

3 Complicating the Open Closet: The Visual Rhetoric of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sapphic Lovers Tanya R. Cochran 49

4 "Can You Just Be Kissing Me Now?": The Question(s) of Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cynthea Masson 65

5 States of Emergency: The Labors of Lesbian Desire in ER Dana Heller 83

6 Mapping Lesbian Sexuality on Queer as Folk Rebecca Beirne 99

7 A Label Like Gucci, Versace, or Birkenstock: Sex and the City and Queer Identity Tabetha Adkins 109

8 "Going Native on Wonder Woman's Island": The Exoticization of Lesbian Sexuality in Sex and the City Melissa M. M. Hidalgo 121

9 "This Is the Way We Live ... and Love!": Feeding on and Still Hungering for Lesbian Representation in The L Word Marnie Pratt 135

10 "Everything Else Is the Same": Configurations of The L Word M. Catherine Jonet Laura Anh Williams 149

11 "Shades of Grey": Articulations of Bisexuality in The L Word Jennifer Moorman 163

12 Paradigmatically Oppositional Representations: Gender and Sexual Identity in The L Word Faye Davies 179

13 Pink Heels, Dildos, and Erotic Play: The (Re)Making of Fem(me)ininity in Showtime's The L Word Erin Douglas 195

14 There's Something Queer Going On in Orange County: The Representation of Queer Women's Sexuality in The O.C. Allison Burgess211

Bibliography 229

Index 249

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