Hegemonic negotiation and LGBT representation in contemporary teen films

Andrea Pauline MacRae

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Employing a theoretical framework of cultural hegemony, and using both quantitative and qualitative methods, this thesis explores LGBT representation in mainstream American teen films released between 1995 and 2013. It examines the evolving visibility/invisibility of LGBT characters within the genre, as well as the thematic treatment of coming out, victimisation, sexual desire, and the heterosexual/homosexual binary. It interrogates the range of homophobic and LGBT-friendly responses of heterosexual characters. Examining LGBT characters and onscreen heterosexual responses reveals the uneven and contradictory nature of hegemonic negotiation that both includes/domesticates certain aspects of the LGBT community and simultaneously maintains hegemonic heteronormativity.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Bourgault Du Coudray, Chantal, Supervisor
  • Palekar, Shalmalee, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date18 Jan 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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Embargoed from 25/01/2018 to 25/01/2020
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