Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media

Not ‘Just a Phase’

  • Whitney Monaghan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Whitney Monaghan
    Pages 1-25
  3. Whitney Monaghan
    Pages 27-42
  4. Whitney Monaghan
    Pages 151-161
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-192

About this book

Introduction

This book takes up the queer girl as a represented and rhetorical figure within film, television and video. In 1987, Canada’s Degrassi Junior High featured one of TV’s first queer teen storylines. Contained to a single episode, it was promptly forgotten within both the series and popular culture more generally. Cut to 2016 – queer girls are now major characters in films and television series around the globe. No longer represented as subsidiary characters within forgettable storylines, queer girls are a regular feature of contemporary screen media. Analysing the terms of this newfound visibility, Whitney Monaghan provides a critical perspective on this, arguing that a temporal logic underpins many representations of queer girlhood. Examining an archive of screen texts that includes teen television series and teenpics, art-house, queer and independent cinemas as well as new forms of digital video, she expands current discourse on both queer representation and girls’ studies by looking at sexuality through themes of temporality. This book, the first full-length study of its kind, draws on concepts of boredom, nostalgia and transience to offer a new perspective on queer representation in contemporary screen media.





Keywords

Screen studies film studies television studies popular culture representation youth representation youth media girls girlhood girl studies teen film teen cinema teen television teen genre queer girls lesbian studies bisexuality studies queer theory queer temporality queer film

Authors and affiliations

  • Whitney Monaghan
    • 1
  1. 1.CaulfieldAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55598-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55597-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55598-4
  • About this book