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Author Abbott, Traci B. author

Title The history of trans representation in American television and film genres / Traci B. Abbott
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, an imprint of Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xii, 293 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents The Presumption of Progress -- Bodies Under Scrutiny -- The Comedic "Cis Surprise" (Friend Version) -- The Comedic "Cis Surprise" (Romantic Partner Version) -- Dramatic Romance and the Value(s) of Tragedy -- Trans Criminality : From Dangerous Sociopaths to Sassy Hookers -- Trans Victims : Dead Or Alive -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Glossary for Gender Identities and Characters -- Appendix B: Timeline of Trans Characters in Scripted American Film and Television, 1965-2018
Summary Due to the increase in transgender characters in scripted television and film in the 2010s, trans visibility has been presented as a relatively new phenomenon that has positively shifted the cis societys acceptance of the trans community. This book counters this claim to assert that such representations actually present limited and harmful characterizations, as they have for decades. To do so, this book analyzes transgender narratives in scripted visual media from the 1960s to 2010s across a variety of genres, including independent and mainstream films and television dramatic series and sitcoms, judging not the veracity of such representations per se but dissecting their transphobia as a constant despite relevant shifts that have improved their veracity and variety. Already ingrained with their own ideological expectations, genres shift the framing of the trans character, particularly the relevance of their gender difference for cisgender characters and society. The popularity of trans characters within certain genres also provides a historical lineage that is examined against the progression of transgender rights activism and corresponding transphobic falsehoods, concluding that this popular medium continues to offer a limited and narrow conception of gender, the variability of the transgender experience, and the range of transgender identities
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ProQuest Ebook Central platform, viewed June 5, 2023)
Subject Gender nonconformity on television.
Transgender people in motion pictures.
Television programs -- United States -- History
Motion pictures -- United States -- History
Film, TV & radio.
Gender studies, gender groups.
Media studies.
Performing Arts -- General.
Social Science -- Gender Studies.
Social Science -- Media Studies.
Gender nonconformity on television
Motion pictures
Television programs
Transgender people in motion pictures
United States
Genre/Form Television criticism and reviews
Film criticism
Film criticism.
Television criticism and reviews.
Critiques cinématographiques.
Critiques d'émissions télévisées.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783030977931