FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 21, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW English professors release second co-edited
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women
English professors Dr. James Keller and Dr. Leslie
Stratyner in conjunction with McFarland Publishers
recently released their second co-edited collection.
The book is titled “The New Queer Aesthetic on
Television: Essays on Recent Programming.”
Keller, who is also the department chair for The
Languages, Literature and Philosophy Department,
said the book “addresses the politics of
representation for gays and lesbians on television.”
Essays in the collection address programming such as
“Six Feet Under,” “Will & Grace,” “The L Word,”
“Queer as Folk,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,”
“Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “Ellen.”
Both pros and cons are represented in the essays in
the book. According to Keller, some of the essays
discuss the newfound consumer potential of gay and
lesbian couples as the impetus behind the television
industry’s sudden interest in queer narratives. On
the flip side, he noted that some of the essays
argue a specific population being exploited by big
business is nothing new.
Essays from contributors around the world, including
Ireland, Australia, Netherlands and United Kingdom
were included in the collection.
Their first collection, “Almost Shakespeare:
Reinventing his Work for Film and Television,” was
released in September 2004.