Queer TV: Theories, Histories, Politics

Glyn Davis (Editor), Gary Needham (Editor)

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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? This edited collection 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. The book is divided into three main sections: 'Theories and Approaches', 'Histories and Genres', and 'Television Itself'; the two editors contribute a jointly-written introduction charting key debates and issues, as well as a single-authored chapter each. The book crucially moves beyond lesbian and gay textual analyses of specific TV shows that have often focused 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-45046-1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • queer theory, television studies


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