FlowTV is a critical forum on television and media culture published biweekly by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Televisual Representations of Gender and Genre after Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Panel #10)

Panel Columnists: Heather Hendershot (Queens College, CUNY Graduate Center) and Allison McCracken (DePaul University)
Participants: Joe Wlodarz (University of Western Ontario), Mary Celeste Kearney (University of Texas at Austin), Emilie Zaslow (Pace University), Vered Pnueli (Brunel University), Cindy Conaway (Bowling Green State University), Laurie Ouellette (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Moderator: Allison Wright Munro (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: Buffy mixed up the relationship of gender and genre so dramatically that it seemed like television would never be the same. But, in these increasingly disappointing post-Buffy days, how disruptive can experiments in gender/genre get? Where does disruptive or progressive potential lie, and which series simply apply a thin veneer of girl power, sexual (if not specifically feminist) liberation, or queer erotics over premises that remain, at base, anti-feminist and anti-queer?


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