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The Queerness of Straight Masculinity: Men’s Emotional Intimacies with Men in Boy Meets World and Dawson’s Creek

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dc.contributor.advisor Lewis, Rachel
dc.contributor.author Corwin, David Powers
dc.creator Corwin, David Powers
dc.date 2016-04-27
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-09T14:48:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-09T14:48:39Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10491
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on the dearth of scholarship within queer theory, masculinity studies, and queer television studies on the queering of straight masculinities in media. Furthermore, the work that has been done on the queerness of straight masculinities only focuses on media post 2000 as well as media that focuses on adult characters. For example, Ron Becker is one of the only television studies scholars that focuses on the queerness of straight masculinities, but he only focuses on shows such as Friends, Boston Legal, and Jackass that only focus on adult characters. In this thesis, I argue that these queer representations of straight masculinity existed before 2000 in media (specifically television) and that these representations also existed in teenage sitcoms and soap operas despite these shows focus on maintaining a heteronormative narrative structure. As my point of analyses, I focus on the widely popular Boy Meets World and Dawson’s Creek and how the male character’s emotional intimacies with each other queer how we view straight masculinities. In this thesis, I use the following theoretical frameworks: Eve Sedgwick’s theory of the erotic triangle and male homosocial desire; Judith Roof’s theory of sexuality and narrative; Robert Heasley’s theory of the queerness of straight masculinities; and Michael Deangelis’s theory of the bromance and its representation in film and television.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject masculinity en_US
dc.subject Boy Meets World en_US
dc.subject Dawson's Creek en_US
dc.subject queering straight masculinity en_US
dc.subject masculinity in television en_US
dc.title The Queerness of Straight Masculinity: Men’s Emotional Intimacies with Men in Boy Meets World and Dawson’s Creek en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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