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Negotiating and queering US hegemony in TV drama: Popular geopolitics and cultural studies

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-287
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Issue number2
Early online date8 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


This article argues that popular geopolitics should pay closer attention to entertainment television and to the negotiations, complexities, and contradictions associated with contemporary televisual texts. This move requires a closer engagement with media and cultural studies than that initiated to date. In the second half of the article, we discuss the ABC TV drama Commander in Chief, which follows the first female president of the USA, and is set in a post-9/11 world wherein the struggle for US geopolitical domination has become a much more complex endeavor. We end by wondering whether entertainment television might provide us with imaginative resources for queering US hegemony.

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