6 – A Queer Challenge to Primetime Heteronormativity
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.
- In your own words, what is "the ironic dismissal," and where in recent TV shows have you seen it? (Remember the proper punctuation for TV shows!)
- Is the "ironic dismissal" present in "The Outing"?
- According to Margo Miller, why is Seinfeld a queer-friendly sitcom? List at least 6 (of her many) reasons.
- In how many ways does George attempt (and/or hope) to get out of his marriage with Susan in "The Invitations"? And how does this support Joanna L. Di Mattia's argument about Seinfeld's "crisis of masculinity"?
Grad Students Only...
Can you think of other sitcoms that regularly evade ironic dismissals (like Seinfeld)? Locate images online that support this, and underneath, explain how the episode/series does this.