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This turn-of-the-century moment - when queer love has become increasingly visible in both popular culture and socio-political realms - provides an ideal occasion for a critical examination of same-sex love stories in the media. Focusing primarily on film and televisual texts from the ten years before and after the millennium, the essays collected in Queer Love in Film and Television ask how recent films and television programs play with, imitate, subvert, mock, critique, and queer the romantic narrative conventions so common in Western culture. The collection follows the trajectory of the conventional romance narrative, from the pursuit of romantic love to the creation of families, and then it pushes further, into marginal regions where conventional narratives fail to venture, and then turns back to consider how that narrative is itself transformed (or queered) through adaptation.

About the Author

Pamela Demory is Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, USA. She has published numerous articles on topics in film adaptation in journals such as Literature/Film Quarterly, Short Story Criticism, and others.
Christopher Pullen is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Bournemouth University, UK. He is the author of Documenting Gay Men: Identity and Performance in Reality Television and Documentary Film (2007) and Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media (2012), editor of LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media (2012), and co-editor of LGBT Identity and Online New Media (2010).

Table of Contents

Introduction; Pamela Demory and Christopher Pullen


1. The Living End, or, Love Without a Future; Damon R. Young

2. Bad Boys Need Love, Too: The Cinematic Negativity of Gay Romance in I Love You Phillip Morris; Kenneth Chan

3. Romancing the Soap: Representations of Gay Love and Relationships in EastEnders; Peri Bradley

4. Love's Narrative Lost: Romance Interrupted in The L Word; Kathleen Brown and Brett Westbrook

5. "It's Not So Easy For Two Men to Be a Couple': Revisiting Gay Dating in Will & Grace and Queer as Folk; Ben Aslinger

6. True Love Queered: Sex, Melodrama, and Romance in Queer as Folk; Pamela Demory


7. Donor Conception in Lesbian and Non-Lesbian Film and Television Families; Julia Erhart

8. Housebroken: Homodomesticity and the Normalization of Queerness in Modern Family; Steven Edward Doran

9. Family Guys: Same-Sex Parenting and Masculinity in Modern Family; Peter C. Kunze

10. Allegories of Queer Love: Quality Television and the Reimagining of the American Family; Jessica Murrell and Hannah Stark

11. 'Queer' (In)tolerance in Children's Animated Films; Richard D. Reitsma


12. 'Fearless Vulgarity:' Camp Love as Queer Love for Jackie Susann and Valley of the Dolls; Ken Feil

13. 'Can I Get An 'Amen'?' Marginalized Communities and Self-Love on Ru-Paul's Drag Race; Jessica Hicks

14. Trans Love in New Trans Cinema; Nicole Richter

15. No Skin Off My Ass: Bruce LaBruce and the Curious Case of Queer Punk Love; Curran NAult

16. Queer Negotiations Between Love and Work: A Critical Ethnographic Case Study of a Gay Porn Star; Michael Johnson Jr.

17. Playing With Himself: James Franco, Hollywood Queer; Adrian Jones


18. Temporality and Queer Consciousness in The House of Mirth; Jim Ellis

19. The Talented Mr. Ripley: A '50s Homme Fatal for the New Millennium; Scott F. Stoddart

20. Ford's A Single Man and Bachardy's Chris and Don: The Aesthetic and Domestic Body of Isherwood; Christopher Pullen

21. Notes on a Scandal, Teacher's Edition; Adam Sonstegard

22. The Ethics of Alterity: Adapting Queerness in Brokeback Mountain; Matthew Bolton

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Demory, Pamela
Palgrave MacMillan
Pullen, Christopher
Film - History & Criticism
Television - History & Criticism
Gay Studies
Film and Television-History and Criticism
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