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Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (BA)
This project argues that American daytime soap operas, since the1970s, have adopted prevailing discursive ideas of queerness, re-articulated them, and introduced new discursive understandings of queerness into popular culture. Most often, these re-articulated representations reflect a heteronormalized model,owing to myriad historically-situated discourses related to human sexuality (e.g.,mental health, AIDS, and gender identity). This point is made through a broad examination of these shifting discourses, coupled with a direct analysis of salient queer characters and storylines that appeared concurrently within daytime serials. Building on Feminist and Media theory, this project includes Queer theory to frame a comprehensive historical-discursive understanding of queerness in soap operas.
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King, Brett Edward, "As the World Turns...Gay, Not Queer: Privileging Heteronormalized Representations of Sexuality in American Soap Operas from 1977 - Present" (2013). Cultural Studies Capstone Papers. Paper 1.