The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom (Hardcover)

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Winner of the 2019 John Leo and Dana Heller Award for the Best Work in LGBTQ Studies from the PCA

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.  

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About the Author

TISON PUGH is a professor of English at University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is the author of several books including Precious Perversions: Humor, Homosexuality, and the Southern Literary Canon.

Praise For…

"Enjoyable to read, creative, and well-argued, The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom reconsiders the political potential of the sitcom in this much-needed addition to the field."
— Becca Cragin

"Weekly Book List, March 23, 2018"
— Chronicle of Higher Education

"New Books in Communications Studies," New Books Network podcast interview with Tison Pugh
— New Books Network

"Transitions: Georgia Institute of Technology Selects New Chief, CUNY York College President to Step Down," compiled by Julia Piper
— Chronicle of Higher Education
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813591728
ISBN-10: 0813591724
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 258
Language: English