How can we queerly theorise and understand television? How can the realms of television studies and queer theory be brought together, in a manner beneficial and productive for both?
Queer TV: Theories, Histories, Politics is the first book to explore television in all its scope and complexity – its industry, production, texts, audiences, pleasures and politics – in relation to queerness. With contributions from distinguished authors working in film/television studies and the study of gender/sexuality, it offers a unique contribution to both disciplines.
An introductory chapter by the editors charts the key debates and issues addressed within the book, followed by three sections, each central to an understanding of the relationships between queerness and television: 'theories and approaches', histories and genres', and 'television itself'. Individual essays examine the relationships between queers, queerness, and television across the multiple sites of production, consumption, reception, interpretation and theorisation, as well as the textual and aesthetic dimensions of television and the televisual. The book crucially moves beyond lesbian and gay textual analyses of specific TV shows that have often focussed on evaluations of positive/negative representations and identities. Rather, the essays in Queer TV theorise not just the queerness in/on television (the production personnel, the representations it offers) but also the queerness of television as a distinct medium.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Pleasures of the Tube Glyn Davis and Gary Needham Part I: Theories and Approaches 1. Epistemology of the Console Lynne Joyrich 2. Ethereal Queer: Notes on Method Amy Villarejo 3. Towards Queer Television Theory: Bigger Pictures sans the Sweet Queer-After Michele Aaron Part II: Histories and Genres 4. One Queen and His Screen: Lesbian and Gay Television Andy Medhurst 5. ‘We’re Not All So Obvious’: Masculinity and Queer (In)Visibility in American Network Television of the 1970s Joe Wlodarz 6. ‘Something for Everyone’: Lesbian and Gay ‘Magazine’ Programming on British Television, 1980-2000 Greg Woods 7. Guy Love: A Queer Straight Masculinity for a Post-Closet Era? Ron Becker Part III: Television Itself 8. Scheduling Normativity: Television, The Family, and Queer Temporality Gary Needham 9. Cruising the Channels: The Queerness of Zapping Jaap Kooijman 10. Hearing Queerly: Television’s Dissident Sonics Glyn Davis
Glyn Davis is Academic Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies at The Glasgow School of Art. He is the author of monographs on Queer as Folk (2007), Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (2008) and Far From Heaven (2009).
Gary Needham is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the co-editor, with Dimitris Eleftheriotis, of Asian Cinemas: A Reader and Guide (2006) and the author of a monograph on Brokeback Mountain (2009).
'In examining the complexity of television - more than simply queer television - then the book is well placed in terms of the important contributions it makes to debates about industry, production, audiences and politics' - Times Higher Education Supplement, 6th August 2009 (Reviewer: Tony Purvis, University of Newcastle, UK)