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.
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