Queer girls, temporality and screen media: Not 'just a phase'

Whitney Jade Monaghan

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This book takes up the queer girl as a represented and rhetorical figure within film, television and video. In 1987, Canada's Degrassi Junior High featured one of TV's first queer teen storylines. Contained to a single episode, it was promptly forgotten within both the series and popular culture more generally. Cut to 2016 - queer girls are now major characters in films and television series around the globe. No longer represented as subsidiary characters within forgettable storylines, queer girls are a regular feature of contemporary screen media. Analysing the terms of this newfound visibility, Whitney Monaghan provides a critical perspective on this, arguing that a temporal logic underpins many representations of queer girlhood. Examining an archive of screen texts that includes teen television series and teenpics, art-house, queer and independent cinemas as well as new forms of digital video, she expands current discourse on both queer representation and girls' studies by looking at sexuality through themes of temporality. This book, the first full-length study of its kind, draws on concepts of boredom, nostalgia and transience to offer a new perspective on queer representation in contemporary screen media.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationClayton VIC Australia
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9781137555984
ISBN (Print)9781137555977
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • queer theory
  • screen studies
  • screen temporality
  • gender studies
  • youth media
  • sexuality
  • film
  • television
  • media studies
  • Doshisha University

    Whitney Monaghan (Visiting researcher)

    9 Nov 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

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