Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Mass Communications

First Advisor

Rodney Buxton

Keywords

gender, genderqueer, non-binary, representations, television, transgender

Abstract

Five fictional characters have emerged on the U.S. premium-pay-cable channels that blur the traditional male-or-female gender divide. The basics of queer theory (sex, gender, orientation, and transgender) and critical/cultural studies (encoding, decoding, and reading a text) are explained as a basis for the analysis of the characters, which seeks to answer the research question: does the premium-pay-cable television format offer truly empathetic non-binary transgender characters that challenge the dominant American ideologies about gender identity and expression? If so, how? If not, why not?

Shane McCutcheon from Showtime's lesbian melodrama The L Word (2004-2010), Lafayette Reynolds from HBO's supernatural drama-comedy True Blood (2008-2014), Roscoe Kaan from Showtime's corporate drama-comedy House of Lies (2012-), Brienne of Tarth from HBO's political-fantasy-epic Game of Thrones (2010-) and Job from Cinemax's pulpy action-thriller Banshee (2013-) are rigorously scrutinized, revealing their surprisingly complex, confident, and transgressive queer power.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Daniel Ketchum

File size

262 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Gender studies, Film studies, Communication

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