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Teenage queerness: negotiating heteronormativity in the representation of gay teenagers in Glee

Frederik Dhaenens UGent (2013) JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES. 16(3). p.304-317
abstract
Despite a significant increase in gay representation in contemporary television fiction, many media scholars argue that the representation of gay men and women is governed by heteronormativity. They postulate that even rounded and heterogeneous representations of gay men and women are characters that desireto participate in institutions, practices, norms, and values that consolidate the heterosexual matrix. Yet, within a cultural studies tradition, television is considered an ambiguous medium that is able to both consent to and contest normative assumptions about sexuality. Taking into account this ambivalence, the study is interested in how popular teen television portrays gay teenagers and to what extent it negotiates heteronormativity in its representation of gay youth. As the objective is an in-depth investigation of representational strategies, the study examines one teen series that is authoritative in its representation of gay teens, namely the American musical series Glee. By means of a qualitative textual analysis, the article demonstrates that Glee represents gay youth as suffering victims or as teens aspiring to heteronormative values. On the other hand, Glee also provides counter-narratives in which gay teens are represented as happy, self-confident, and able to position themselves beyond the boundaries of the heterosexual matrix.
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published
subject
keyword
representation, sexuality, television, queer theory, YOUTH, MEN, heteronormativity, PREJUDICE, ATTITUDES, LESBIANS, GENDER, TELEVISION, HOMOPHOBIA
journal title
JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES
volume
16
issue
3
pages
304 - 317
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000317838500002
JCR category
SOCIAL SCIENCES, INTERDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
0.771 (2013)
JCR rank
37/93 (2013)
JCR quartile
2 (2013)
ISSN
1367-6261
DOI
10.1080/13676261.2012.718435
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2967006
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2967006
date created
2012-08-02 14:46:05
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:12:19
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  abstract     = {Despite a significant increase in gay representation in contemporary television fiction, many media scholars argue that the representation of gay men and women is governed by heteronormativity. They postulate that even rounded and heterogeneous representations of gay men and women are characters that desireto participate in institutions, practices, norms, and values that consolidate the heterosexual matrix. Yet, within a cultural studies tradition, television is considered an ambiguous medium that is able to both consent to and contest normative assumptions about sexuality. Taking into account this ambivalence, the study is interested in how popular teen television portrays gay teenagers and to what extent it negotiates heteronormativity in its representation of gay youth. As the objective is an in-depth investigation of representational strategies, the study examines one teen series that is authoritative in its representation of gay teens, namely the American musical series Glee. By means of a qualitative textual analysis, the article demonstrates that Glee represents gay youth as suffering victims or as teens aspiring to heteronormative values. On the other hand, Glee also provides counter-narratives in which gay teens are represented as happy, self-confident, and able to position themselves beyond the boundaries of the heterosexual matrix.},
  author       = {Dhaenens, Frederik},
  issn         = {1367-6261},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES},
  keyword      = {representation,sexuality,television,queer theory,YOUTH,MEN,heteronormativity,PREJUDICE,ATTITUDES,LESBIANS,GENDER,TELEVISION,HOMOPHOBIA},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {304--317},
  title        = {Teenage queerness: negotiating heteronormativity in the representation of gay teenagers in Glee},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2012.718435},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Dhaenens, Frederik. 2013. “Teenage Queerness: Negotiating Heteronormativity in the Representation of Gay Teenagers in Glee.” Journal of Youth Studies 16 (3): 304–317.
APA
Dhaenens, F. (2013). Teenage queerness: negotiating heteronormativity in the representation of gay teenagers in Glee. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, 16(3), 304–317.
Vancouver
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Dhaenens F. Teenage queerness: negotiating heteronormativity in the representation of gay teenagers in Glee. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES. 2013;16(3):304–17.
MLA
Dhaenens, Frederik. “Teenage Queerness: Negotiating Heteronormativity in the Representation of Gay Teenagers in Glee.” JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES 16.3 (2013): 304–317. Print.