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Camp TV : trans gender queer sitcom history / Quinlan Miller.

Author/Creator:
Miller, Quinlan, 1981- author.
Other Title:
Camp television
Publication:
Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.
Series:
Console-ing passions
Console-ing passions
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Situation comedies (Television programs) -- United States -- History and criticism.
Television -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Transgender people in popular culture -- United States.
Gender nonconformity on television.
Gender identity on television.
Homosexuality and television -- United States -- History.
Homosexuality and television.
Situation comedies (Television programs)
Television -- Social aspects.
Transgender people in popular culture.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Summary:
Sitcoms of the 1950s and 1960s are widely considered conformist in their depictions of gender roles and sexual attitudes. In 'Camp TV' Quinlan Miller offers a new account of the history of American television that explains what campy meant in practical sitcom terms in shows as iconic as 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' as well as in more obscure fare, such as 'The Ugliest Girl in Town'. Situating his analysis within the era's shifts in the television industry and the coalescence of straightness and whiteness that came with the decline of vaudevillian camp, Miller shows how the sitcoms of this era overflowed with important queer representation and gender nonconformity. Whether through regular supporting performances (Ann B. Davis's Schultzy in 'The Bob Cummings Show'), guest appearances by Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly, or scripted dialogue and situations, industry processes of casting and production routinely esteemed a camp aesthetic that renders all gender expression queer. By charting this unexpected history, Miller offers new ways of exploring how supposedly repressive popular media incubated queer, genderqueer, and transgender representations.
Contents:
Camp TV and queer gender : sitcom history
Queer gender and Bob Cummings : Hollywood camp TV
Marriage schmarriage : sex and the single person
Trans camp TV : methods for girl history
Conclusion: Around-the-clock queer gender : digital camp TV.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-209) and index.
Other format:
Online version: Miller, Quinlan, 1981- author. Camp TV
ISBN:
9781478001850
1478001852
9781478003038
1478003030
9781478003397
OCLC:
1037027580
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