Queering Romantic Comedies


According to the romantic comedy canon, only straight people fall in love. In the final installment of their rom com podcast series, Cristen and Caroline examine how mainstream titles treat LGBTQ characters and how queer rom coms subvert expected tropes.

Episode Sources:

"The 5 worst gay and lesbian romantic comedies on Netflix" http://www.indiewire.com/2014/08/the-5-worst-gay-and-lesbian-romantic-comedies-on-netflix-216046/

"The 5 best gay and lesbian romantic comedies on Netflix" http://www.indiewire.com/2014/08/the-5-best-gay-and-lesbian-romantic-comedies-on-netflix-216048/

Academic Insights:

"Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Difference." Wes D. Gehring. Rowman & Littlefield. 2002. https://books.google.com/books?id=cXIeDiB7WJEC&dq=romantic+comedy+sidekick&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"What a Difference a Gay Makes: Marriage in the 1990s Romantic Comedy." Kyle Stevens. https://www.academia.edu/7916783/What_a_Difference_a_Gay_Makes_Marriage_In_the_1990s_Romantic_Comedy

"Can Romantic Comedy Be Gay? Hollywood Romance, Citizenship, and Same-sex Marriage Panic." Debra A. Moddelmog. Journal of Popular Film and Television. Vol. 36, Iss. 4. 2009. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3200/JPFT.36.4.162-173

"Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television." Michael DeAngelis. Wayne State University Press. June 2014. https://books.google.com/books?id=lbeQAwAAQBAJ&dq=romantic+comedy+sidekick+types+history&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Reinventing Privilege: The New (Gay) Man in Contemporary Popular Media." Helene A. Shugart. Critical Studies in Media Communication. Vol. 20, No. 1. March 2003. http://www.csun.edu/~vcspc00g/301/newgayman-csmc.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: marriage, pop culture, Film, stereotypes, lgbtq, rom coms, Hollywood, romance