Liberal Women, Mental Illness, and Precarious Whiteness in Trump’s America
Jorie Lagerwey / University College Dublin
Taylor Nygaard / University of Denver

Using Lifetime’s UnReal as a case study, Jorie Lagerwey and Taylor Nygaard examine the representation of white, liberal, middle-class, educated women in the emerging “Horrible White People” genre on cable and streaming platforms.

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Fire in Her Belly: Gendered Standards of Comedic Discourse
Ashlynn d’Harcourt / The University of Texas at Austin

Ashlynn d’Harcourt explores gender-based double standards for comedians through an analysis of the media backlash to Kathy Griffin’s participation in a photo shoot with a Trump mask covered in fake blood. Stand-up is conceptualized as a descendant of vaudeville and anarchistic comedy to better understand the comedian’s craft and motivations.

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The Ethical Implication of Zeros, Circles and Loops
S. Topiary Landberg / UC Santa Cruz

In her contribution to the Flow Special Issue on Loop Media, S. Topiary Landberg argues for the benefits and potentials of loop narratives and circular forms as a productive alternative to dominant linear logics; where she sees such linear narratives and modes as patriarchal, controlling, and predetermined, loops provide for the expression of “experiences of change and growth to be inclusive and fundamentally non-combative and non-competitive.”

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