Ethereal Queer

Author: Amy Villarejo
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822377429
Release Date: 2013-12-16
Genre: Social Science

In Ethereal Queer, Amy Villarejo offers a historically engaged, theoretically sophisticated, and often personal account of how TV representations of queer life have changed as the medium has evolved since the 1950s. Challenging the widespread view that LGBT characters did not make a sustained appearance on television until the 1980s, she draws on innovative readings of TV shows and network archives to reveal queer television’s lengthy, rich, and varied history. Villarejo goes beyond concerns about representational accuracy. She tracks how changing depictions of queer life, in programs from Our Miss Brooks to The L Word, relate to transformations in business models and technologies, including modes of delivery and reception such as cable, digital video recording, and online streaming. In so doing, she provides a bold new way to understand the history of television.

Queer TV in the 21st Century

Author: Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476664408
Release Date: 2016-05-27
Genre: Performing Arts

Television has historically been largely ineffective at representing queerness in its various forms. In the 21st century, however, as same-sex couples have seen increasing mainstream acceptance, and a broader range of queer characters has appeared in the media, it seems natural to assume TV portrayals of queerness have become more enlightened. But have they? This collection of fresh essays analyzes queerness as depicted on TV from 2000 to the present. Examining Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The L Word, Modern Family, The New Normal, Queer as Folk, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, RuPaul's Drag Race, Spartacus and Will & Grace, among other series, the contributors demonstrate that queer characters in general have achieved visibility at the expense of minimizing much of their queerness--with a few eye-opening exceptions.

The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom

Author: Tison Pugh
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813591759
Release Date: 2018-02-27

The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom examines the evasive depictions of sexuality in domestic and family-friendly sitcoms. Tison Pugh charts the history of increasing sexual depiction in this genre while also unpacking how sitcoms use sexuality as a source of power, as a kind of camouflage, and as a foundation for family building. The book examines how queerness, at first latent, became a vibrant yet continually conflicted part of the family-sitcom tradition. Taking into account elements such as the casting of child actors, the use of and experimentation with plot traditions, the contradictory interpretive valences of comedy, and the subtle subversions of moral standards by writers and directors, Pugh points out how innocence and sexuality conflict on television. As older sitcoms often sit on a pedestal of nostalgia as representative of the Golden Age of the American Family, television history reveals a deeper, queerer vision of family bonds.

The New Gay for Pay

Author: Julia Himberg
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9781477313602
Release Date: 2018-01-13
Genre: Performing Arts

Television conveys powerful messages about sexual identities, and popular shows such as Will & Grace, Ellen, Glee, Modern Family, and The Fosters are often credited with building support for gay rights, including marriage equality. At the same time, however, many dismiss TV's portrayal of LGBT characters and issues as "gay for pay"—that is, apolitical and exploitative programming created simply for profit. In The New Gay for Pay, Julia Himberg moves beyond both of these positions to investigate the complex and multifaceted ways that television production participates in constructing sexuality, sexual identities and communities, and sexual politics. Himberg examines the production stories behind explicitly LGBT narratives and characters, studying how industry workers themselves negotiate processes of TV development, production, marketing, and distribution. She interviews workers whose views are rarely heard, including market researchers, public relations experts, media advocacy workers, political campaigners designing strategies for TV messaging, and corporate social responsibility department officers, as well as network executives and producers. Thoroughly analyzing their comments in the light of four key issues—visibility, advocacy, diversity, and equality—Himberg reveals how the practices and belief systems of industry workers generate the conceptions of LGBT sexuality and political change that are portrayed on television. This original approach complicates and broadens our notions about who makes media; how those practitioners operate within media conglomerates; and, perhaps most important, how they contribute to commonsense ideas about sexuality.

Comics Media

Author: Hillary L. Chute
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226239088
Release Date: 2014-07-11
Genre: Literary Criticism

The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors--creators and critics alike--to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium. Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture.

Book Review

ISBN: OCLC:1051912185
Release Date: 2016

ETHEREAL QUEER: TELEVISION, HISTORICITY, DESIRE, AMY VILLAREJO (2014) Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 203 pp., ISBN: 9780822354956, p/bk, $23.95.

Porn Chic

Author: Nicola Steffen
ISBN: 3423260319
Release Date: 2014

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Author: Graham Swift
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 9783423413619
Release Date: 2012-09-01
Genre: Fiction

Die Liebe, die Pflicht, das Land, der Sex, der Tod und die Freiheit Jack Luxton blickt aus dem Fenster seines Schlafzimmers, hinter ihm, auf dem Bett, liegt ein Gewehr. Ellie, seine Frau, sitzt ein paar Meilen entfernt in ihrem am Straßenrand geparkten Wagen, während draußen ein tosender Sturm losbricht ... Vor dem Hintergrund gewaltiger gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen und Veränderungen entfaltet sich die Geschichte einer Ehe, einer Familie, eines Landstrichs. Swift lotet aus, wozu Menschen fähig sind, wozu sie getrieben werden, wie sie wurden, was sie sind und wie der Wandel einer Epoche die Grundlagen der menschlichen Existenz erschüttern, aber auch neu erschaffen kann.


Author: Annabelle Sreberny
Publisher: Hamburger Edition HIS
ISBN: 9783868545463
Release Date: 2012-10-18
Genre: Social Science

Die Protestwelle nach der umstrittenen Präsidentschaftswahl im Iran vom Juni 2009 lenkte die Aufmerksamkeit der Weltöffentlichkeit auf die lebendige Internetkultur der Islamischen Republik. Das Internet, heißt es, befördert den gesellschaftlichen Wandel in Ländern wie dem Iran, doch inwiefern unterscheidet sich das Netz von den Printmedien? Stellt es tatsächlich eine neue öffentliche Sphäre dar? Welchen Einfluss haben soziale Netzwerke wie Facebook, Twitter oder YouTube auf die Organisation von Demonstrationen? Bringt die iranische Blogosphäre eine Kultur des Dissidententums hervor, die das islamistische Regime am Ende zu Fall bringen wird? Diese wegweisende Studie bietet Einblicke in die Internetkultur im heutigen Iran und untersucht die Auswirkungen der neuen Kommunikationsformen auf Gesellschaft und Politik. Die Autoren warnen davor, "Blogger" mit "Dissident" gleichzusetzen, denn auch das Regime hat längst mit der "Kolonisierung Blogistans" begonnen. Das Internet, so eine ihrer Thesen, bringt Veränderungen mit sich, die weder die Regierung noch die Demokratiebewegungen vorhersehen konnten und können. "Blogistan" ist nicht nur eine Fallstudie zur Internetaneigung in der islamischen Welt, sondern das Buch macht auch deutlich, welche Auswirkungen die Neuen Medien auf gesellschaftliche Strukturen und Prozesse haben.

Sp tmarxismus

Author: Fredric Jameson
ISBN: 3886193918
Release Date: 1992-01
Genre: Communism