Class Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program

First Advisor

Dara Greenwood

Abstract

In this thesis, I analyze queer representation in seven popular audio drama podcasts. By studying examples of implicit and explicit mentions of sexuality and gender identity, queerness as an integral plot point, and general discussions of sexuality, along with fan responses to these shows and characters on social media, I examine how these representations compare to other media forms, like film and television. I aim to show how these independently created shows offer positive, realistic, and well-rounded queer characters, and how this can be incredibly beneficial to the queer audiences listening.

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