Reading the L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (Reading Contemporary Television) (Paperback)

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By Sarah Warn (Introduction by), Kim Akass (Editor), Janet McCabe (Editor)
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As America's first television series about lesbians, The L Word captured national attention when it debuted in 2004, and has continued to make headlines since. The Showtime cable drama about a group of lesbian and bisexual friends in Los Angeles challenges traditional notions of relationships, gender, and sex, and has generated both controversy and devotion within the lesbian community. Contributors write on how the show deals with topics like third-wave feminism, bisexuality, race, glamor, sex, relationships, music, as well as how the series has been marketed to and received by viewers. Also included are interviews with key contributors to the show itself. Throughout, the essays address both humorously and analytically what The L Word says about lesbians--and what lesbians say about The L Word.

About the Author

Kim Akass is Lecturer in Film Studies at London Metropolitan University. Janet McCabe is Lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. Both are editors of Reading Sex & the City (I.B.Tauris, 2004) and Reading Six Feet Under (I.B.Tauris, 2005). Sarah Warn is the founder and editor of and, leading entertainment websites for gays and lesbians.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781845111793
ISBN-10: 1845111796
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Publication Date: April 1st, 2006
Pages: 247
Language: English
Series: Reading Contemporary Television