Through the analysis of over seventy films and thirty television series, ranging from Shortbus, Sweet Home Alabama, and Poseidon to Noah’s Arc, Brothers & Sisters, and Dawson’s Creek, Goltz examines reoccurring narrative structures in popular media that perpetuate the extreme value placed upon "young" gay male bodies, while devaluing health, aging, and longevity. Alienated from the future -- outside of limited and exclusionary systems of marriage and procreation -- the gay male is narrated within a circular tragedy that draws upon cultural mythologies of "older" gay male predation, the absence of gay intergenerational mentorship, and the gay male as sacrificial victim. Using a Burkean framework, Goltz makes a theoretical, rhetorical, and cultural investigation of how the increased visibility of "positive" gay representation in dominant media shapes contemporary meanings of gay aging, heteronormative future, homonormative future, and queer potential.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments 1: Introduction: "Deleted Scenes" and "Innocent Questions" 2: The Heteronormative Tragedy: Kenneth Burke and Queer Media Criticism 3: Victims in/of Time: Gay Aging as Ritualized Horror 4: Future Identification: Symbolic Mergers with Heteronormativity 5: The Dinner Party: Queer Gesturing to Time and Future Notes Bibliography Index
Dustin Bradley Goltz is Assistant Professor in the College of Communication, DePaul University.