5 – Seinfeld on (Straight) Sex
Please respond to the following in a Google Doc (directions), and share it with Dr. Marshall. Also, before you begin, read the guide Writing about Film and TV.
- Where have we seen Seinfeld's "humor noir" on display thus far? Cite one example for each of Hirsch's and Hirsch's three categories, and explain how it functions as "this high-quality black humor." NOTE: Please include instances that the authors do NOT.
- How does Seinfeld reinforce notions of traditional masculinity in "The Boyfriend"?
- And then how does the same episode blur the lines between what's conventionally considered "masculine" and what's not?
- Why does Katharine Gantz feel that Seinfeld, although it "appears to be a testament to heterosexuality," is actually "rife with possibilities for homoerotic interpretation"? Expounding upon 3 (of her 5) reasons should be enough.
Included periodically here, SeinPosts will fill you in on terms, cultural events, people, etc. with which you may not be familiar. While these questions may not make much sense out of context, they will after we watch the episodes in which they’re referenced! SeinPosts should never take very long to answer.
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