Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Frontispeice, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction: Histories of Representation and Misrepresentation

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pp. 1-14

In January 2004, Showtime launched The L Word, the first prime-time commercial television drama to focus on the lives of lesbian and bisexual women. Over the course of six seasons, the program explored the deep bonds that linked the members of an evolving lesbian friendship circle, whose members live in...

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1. The Problem of Representation

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pp. 15-42

As I noted in the introduction, my central argument in this book is that The L Word demonstrates a sophisticated awareness of feminist debates about the visual representation of women and makes those debates a central theme of the program. This chapter will analyze four of...

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2. The L Word’s Reflexivity

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pp. 43-64

The L Word is committed to reflexivity as a key strategy for telling stories and making meaning. Reflexive texts draw attention to the artifices by which they seduce us into their illusions, and thus teach us to be more self-aware and critical consumers of representations. Many twentieth-century artists and...

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3. The L Word’s Complicitous Critique of Hollywood

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pp. 65-86

The L Word provides viewers with a detailed analysis of the industrial structures that have produced the systematic misrepresentation of lesbians. It offers a brutal critique of Hollywood and the people who have power in the media and entertainment industries, most of whom are portrayed as...

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4. Genre: Soap-drama and Politics

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pp. 87-98

The L Word is one of many shows in the hybrid genre that Glen Creeber has called “soap-drama.” Creeber argues that while such shows focus on the personal lives of a close-knit group of friends, using conventions of melodramatic serial narrative...

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5. Lesbian Cultures and Communities

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pp. 99-130

Another significant way that The L Word responded to Hollywood’s misrepresentation and erasure of lesbian lives was to create its own complex representation of a lesbian community, making visible many aspects of lesbian experience, history, and culture. The show’s portrait of the relationships...

Notes

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pp. 131-132

Works Cited

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pp. 133-138

Index

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pp. 139-148