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Killing Off the Lesbians: A Symbolic Annihilation on Film and Television

Killing Off the Lesbians: A Symbolic Annihilation on Film and Television (Paperback)

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Spoiler Alert: the lesbian character always dies. That is what seems to happen in television shows and films from all around the world. But is it true and is it something new? And does it even matter when women who love women can be found right across the media landscape? Looking at the fates of characters over decades, this wide-ranging and lively book argues that killing off the lesbian-even if she only appears via the subtext-is nothing new. It is a form of symbolic annihilation that has an impact in real life. Industry surveys and scholarly studies show that it is now easier for actors to come out and be role models. When more women are working behind the scenes the quality of what appears on-screen also becomes more diverse, but the storylines do not necessarily change. From the Xenaverse to GLAAD to the Lexa Pledge, fans have demanded better from the entertainment industry. As their fan fiction migrates from the computer screen to the printed page, they reanimate the dead and insist on happy endings.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm, TV & DramaTelevisionLGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesLesbian studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 30/05/2017 ISBN-13: 9781476668161  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Liz Millward is an associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Janice G. Dodd is a professor of Women's and Gender Studies and a professor of Physiology and Pathophysiology in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She has studied the participation of women in science and the representation of women scientists in popular culture.Irene Fubara-Manuel is currently conducting research in Creative and Critical Practice at the University of Sussex. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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