Straight Girls and Queer Guys: The Hetero Media Gaze in Film and Television (Hardcover)

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Exploring the archetypal representation of the straight girl with the queer guy in film and television culture from 1948 to the present day, Straight Girls and Queer Guys considers the process of the 'hetero media gaze' and the way it contextualizes sexual diversity and gender identity. Offering both an historical foundation and a rigorous conceptual framework, Christopher Pullen draws on a range of case studies, including the films of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, the performances of Kenneth Williams, televisions shows such as Glee, Sex and the City and Will and Grace, the work of Derek Jarman, and the role of the gay best friend in Hollywood film. Critiquing the representation of the straight girl and the queer guy for its relation to both power and otherness, this is a provocative study that frames a theoretical model which can be applied across diverse media forms.

About the Author

Christopher Pullen is Senior Lecturer in Media Theory at Bournemouth University, UK. His research interests relate to the representation of minority identity in the media, with a particular focus on sexual diversity, AIDS, youth and school education. His recent books include: Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media (2012), Queer Youth and Media Cultures (2014), and Queer Love in Television and Film (2013) (co-edited with Pamela Demory).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780748694846
ISBN-10: 0748694846
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: January 18th, 2016
Pages: 200
Language: English