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The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom 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. The book examines how queerness, at first latent, became a vibrant yet continually conflicted part of the family-sitcom tradition. 

Taking into account elements such as the casting of child actors, the use of and experimentation with plot traditions, the contradictory interpretive valences of comedy, and the subtle subversions of moral standards by writers and directors, Pugh points out how innocence and sexuality conflict on television. As older sitcoms often sit on a pedestal of nostalgia as representative of the Golden Age of the American Family, television history reveals a deeper, queerer vision of family bonds.  
 

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: TV’s Three Queer Fantasies
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. Chapter 1: The Queer Times of Leave It to Beaver: Beaver’s Present, Ward’s Past, and June’s Future
  2. pp. 26-50
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  1. Chapter 2: Queer Innocence and Kitsch Nostalgia in The Brady Bunch
  2. pp. 51-78
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  1. Chapter 3: No Sex Please, We’re African American: The Cosby Show’s Queer Fear of Black Sexuality
  2. pp. 79-106
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  1. Chapter 4: Feminism, Homosexuality, and Blue-Collar Perversity in Roseanne
  2. pp. 107-133
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  1. Chapter 5: Allegory, Queer Authenticity, and Marketing Tween Sexuality in Hannah Montana
  2. pp. 134-160
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  1. Chapter 6: Conservative Narratology, Queer Politics, and the Humor of Gay Stereotypes in Modern Family
  2. pp. 161-189
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  1. Conclusion: Tolstoy Was Wrong; or, On the Queer Reception of Television’s Happy Families
  2. pp. 190-196
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. List of Television Programs
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-226
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 227-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813591759
Related ISBN
9780813591728
MARC Record
OCLC
989811413
Pages
258
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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