How has the representation of gay men changed from 1980’s British television drama to more contemporary examples?

Hargreaves, Martin (2009) How has the representation of gay men changed from 1980’s British television drama to more contemporary examples? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of my dissertation is to explore the ways in which representation of the gay community has changed from 1980’s examples and contemporary ones. By closely analysing the 1980’s dramas Brideshead Revisited (1981) and The Jewel in the Crown (1984) and then looking at the contemporary examples Queer as Folk (1999) and Clapham Junction (2007), it was clear how much had changed between the decades. It was clear how the media had mirrored the progressive change in attitudes to sexuality and had undoubtedly had a major influence on sociological ideology. There are many aspects to consider when looking at representation. The aesthetics of the characters often encoded their actions with deeper meaning and gave a very specific impression on what the directors and producers wanted to say about the gay community in the general, wider context of Great Britain. What I have attempted to do is offer some sociological theory for the implications of representation and look at what has changed and why.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/769

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