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The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom.

By: Pugh, Tison.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 1 online resource (258 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780813591759.Subject(s): Homosexuality and television | Homosexuality on television | Sex role on television | Situation comedies (Television programs)-United States-History and criticism | Television programs-Social aspects-United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Queer Fantasies of the American Family SitcomDDC classification: 791.45/617 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Intro -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Introduction: TV's Three Queer Fantasies -- Chapter 1: The Queer Times of Leave It to Beaver: Beaver's Present, Ward's Past, and June's Future -- Chapter 2: Queer Innocence and Kitsch Nostalgia in The Brady Bunch -- Chapter 3: No Sex Please, We're African American: The Cosby Show's Queer Fear of Black Sexuality -- Chapter 4: Feminism, Homosexuality, and Blue-Collar Perversity in Roseanne -- Chapter 5: Allegory, Queer Authenticity, and Marketing Tween Sexuality in Hannah Montana -- Chapter 6: Conservative Narratology, Queer Politics, and the Humor of Gay Stereotypes in Modern Family -- Conclusion: Tolstoy Was Wrong -- or, On the Queer Reception of Television's Happy Families -- Acknowledgments -- List of Television Programs -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index -- About the Author.
Summary: This book examines the evasive depictions of sexuality in domestic and family-friendly sitcoms. Tison Pugh charts the history of increasing sexual depiction in this genre while also unpacking how sitcoms use sexuality as a source of power, as a kind of camouflage, and as a foundation for family building.
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Intro -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Introduction: TV's Three Queer Fantasies -- Chapter 1: The Queer Times of Leave It to Beaver: Beaver's Present, Ward's Past, and June's Future -- Chapter 2: Queer Innocence and Kitsch Nostalgia in The Brady Bunch -- Chapter 3: No Sex Please, We're African American: The Cosby Show's Queer Fear of Black Sexuality -- Chapter 4: Feminism, Homosexuality, and Blue-Collar Perversity in Roseanne -- Chapter 5: Allegory, Queer Authenticity, and Marketing Tween Sexuality in Hannah Montana -- Chapter 6: Conservative Narratology, Queer Politics, and the Humor of Gay Stereotypes in Modern Family -- Conclusion: Tolstoy Was Wrong -- or, On the Queer Reception of Television's Happy Families -- Acknowledgments -- List of Television Programs -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index -- About the Author.

This book examines the evasive depictions of sexuality in domestic and family-friendly sitcoms. Tison Pugh charts the history of increasing sexual depiction in this genre while also unpacking how sitcoms use sexuality as a source of power, as a kind of camouflage, and as a foundation for family building.

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Family sitcoms have been a staple of American television since the 1950s. Most of them entertain, on multiple levels, younger audiences as well as parents. They cover timely social issues and interpersonal dynamics of families. While there has been research into the deeper effects of the family sitcom on viewers, this study covers the subtle sexual dynamics of hetero-normalcy and homosexuality in six popular sitcoms from 1957 to the present day. Leave It to Beaver, The Brady Bunch, The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Hannah Montana, and Modern Family are covered in separate chapters. Networks and society have altered what is considered "family appropriate" over time. Studies show homosexual characters on television make viewers less prejudiced against a homosexual lifestyle. This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at a rarely researched topic associated with family-hour television. Each program presents a challenge to the overall topic in that some shows avoid the subject of sexuality directly but quietly allude to it (Leave It to Beaver), and others intertwine it into the fabric of the plotlines (Modern Family). Recommended for LGBTQ and television history collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. --Roger Davis, formerly, Kent State University

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<br> TISON PUGH is a professor of English at University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is the author of several books including Precious Perversions: Humor, Homosexuality, and the Southern Literary Canon .<br>

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