CFP: Queer Television (9/15/05; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

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Scott F. Stoddart
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Queer Eyes: Reading the "Must See" Queer Television Phenomenon

In recent years, the queer image has appeared in a variety of major forms on network and cable television: as main characters with fully-developed relationships on network sitcoms (Will & Grace); as hosts of reality television series (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy / Girl); as family members with problems that impact the entire family (Six Feet Under) and as the movers and shakers of their own continuing dramas (The "L" Word; Queer as Folk). It appears that it is no longer permissible to simply relegate queer characters to the sidelines; television seems ready to show that the issues of the queer community are issues that can affect any prospective television viewer. Or, is this a position that the mainstream media wants us to believe?

This roundtable seeks papers that read with a critical queer eye the phenomenon of the queer image on television: Why is Queer as Folk a favorite of straight women? Do the antics of the "Fab Four" promote gay stereotypes rather than break them down? Are the continuing sagas of The "L" Word lesbians simply a queered version of Desperate Housewives? Are the family dynamics of Six Feet Under really representative of the LGBT community? Is Will & Grace revolutionary, or a creative remake of I Love Lucy? Papers that examine these issues and others are welcome from all critical perspectives.

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15 September 2005.

--Scott F. Stoddart, Ph. D.Dean of Undergraduate AcademicsManhattanville College2900 Purchase StreetPurchase, NY 10577914-323-5339<>-- ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Fri Aug 12 2005 - 11:06:52 EDT