Gay characters in conventional spaces: Will and Grace and the situation comedy genre

  title={Gay characters in conventional spaces: Will and Grace and the situation comedy genre},
  author={Kathleen Battles and Wendy Hilton-Morrow},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={105 - 87}
This paper explores how Will & Grace, which has been heralded in the popular press for its positive representations of gay men, situates the potentially controversial issue of homosexuality within safe and familiar popular culture conventions, particularly those of the situation comedy genre. This paper draws on feminist and queer theory to examine the liabilities of relying on these familiar situation comedy conventions, demonstrating how the program equates gayness with a lack of masculinity… 
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