Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium

Hardcover | September 15, 2008

byRebecca Beirne

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Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium explores popular contemporary texts featuring lesbian characters, including The L Word, Queer as Folk, Dykes to Watch Out For, and various pornographic videos. Beirne places these works in the context of political and cultural trends of the post-millennial period and compares them to cultural representations of lesbians from the past. Taking up such issues as mainstreaming, feminine lesbians, the male gaze, female masculinity, and sexual practice, this book puts forward provocative readings of texts that have been little explored and offers new insights into the depiction of lesbians in popular culture.

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Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium explores popular contemporary texts featuring lesbian characters, including The L Word, Queer as Folk, Dykes to Watch Out For, and various pornographic videos. Beirne places these works in the context of political and cultural trends of the post-millennial period and compares them to...

Rebecca Beirne is Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Newcastle. She is the editor of Televising Queer Women: A Reader and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters discussing queer representation in popular culture.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230606741

ISBN - 13:9780230606746

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Table of Contents

Image, Sex and Politics: Cultural, Political and Theoretical Contexts * Two Babies, a Wedding, and a Man: Queer as Folk and ‘The Lesbians’ * Recycling The L Word * Dressing Up, Strapping On, and Stripping Off: Contemporary Lesbian Pornographic Cultural Production * Dykes to Watch Out For and the Lesbian Landscape

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“This book constitutes a significant contribution to three critically related disciplines: lesbian and gay studies, cultural studies, and media studies. There is still a great need for work of this sort, which looks at changing representations of lesbians and lesbian sexuality at a time when media culture has come to embrace male homosexuality as the sine qua non of legible and tolerable gay culture. Lesbians continue to get short shrift, not only in terms of media representation, but in terms of scholarly focus and debate as well. Beirne challenges that tendency and writes with sophistication, confidence, and intelligence about the ways in which past and current discourses of gay rights, queer theory, lesbian-feminism, homophobia, misogyny and sex radicalism continue to contradictorily inform and perform the postures of allegedly ‘new’ gay women."—Dana Heller, Professor and Director of the Humanities Institute and Graduate Program, Old Dominion University "This is a very important work, in that it gives concrete evidence that the alleged schism between old and new guard ‘sexualities’ is neither definitive nor insurmountable.”—Sara E. Cooper, Associate Professor of Spanish, Multicultural, and Gender Studies, California Sate University, Chico