Rainbow America: LGBT+ Representation in 21st-Century Popular Culture

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  • WS 17/18

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154642 Rainbow America: LGBT+ Representation in 21st-Century Popular Culture 2 PS Do 12:15 – 13:45 R. 0.406 Kost

Course Description

What’s new on the gay agenda? Following the Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage in the US in 2015, the nation’s openness towards sexual identity and queer visibility increased significantly. Yet how is it that the representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans characters in pop culture remains a widely discussed issue? Is the growing acceptance really at stake under the Trump presidency in 2017? This seminar will offer a comprehensive overview of the last two decades of queer culture in the U.S., accompanied by a theoretical survey on gay rights then and now. From Pride Parades to ‘queerbaiting’, we will discuss important concepts and investigate cultural expressions of the LGBTQ* community, such as their influence on TV shows or social media and appearance in literature or art. Topics on the lineup reach from the portrayal of coming out by entertainment media and ways of celebrating queer culture in contemporary fiction, to social media movements that challenge the continuing dominance of heteronormativity (hint: #LoveWins, #NOH8, #weareorlando, #bornthisway, you name it!). We will reflect on heated debates over sexual identity as a public controversy in the US, banning and censoring of homosexual characters and storylines, and the impact of acts of violence on both the safety and visibility of the community. Since we will dip into various genres when looking at the representation of ‘the queer’ in popular culture, the seminar offers multiple possibilities to work on creative projects. Our classroom will be a safe space for students to discuss as well as an open stage to exchange ideas on diversification and free speech.

Particularly recommended for students of the Angewandte Studiengänge.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA Lehramt: LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 1f
  • GyGe: 1f, 4c
  • SP1. Fach: 1f
  • SP2. Fach:
  • BK: 1f, 4c
LABG 2009:
  • G: 602
  • HRG: 503
  • GyGe/BK: 503
  • SP:
LABG 2016:
  • G:
  • HRSGe: 503
  • GyGe/BK: 503
  • SP:
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: 1c, 2ab, 3bc Komp: 1b, 2d
    • PO ab WS 16/17: Kern: 1c, 2ab, 3bc Komp: 1b, 2d
  • B.A.AS:Komp: 2a
    • PO ab WS 16/17: Komp: 2a
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS: