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"Is being the gay best friend still a thing?" -En multimodal kritisk diskursanalys kring representationen av homosexualitet i tv-serien Riverdale (2016-)
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to analyze how homosexuality is represented in the modern tv-series Riverdale (2016-). Two confirmed homosexual characters from the show, Kevin Keller and Cheryl Blossom have been used to examine this. To showcase how their homosexuality is represented a multimodal discourse analysis was conducted. The method was used to analyze 34 scenes from varying episodes of the currently available three seasons. Queer theory was used as a theoretical point of departure in the study of the characters sexuality. Findings of the analysis shows that Kevin often withers down to stereotype of being a feminine and comedic gay best friend. Cheryl on the other hand is shown being more than just a stereotype but however noticeably lacking in sexual relations with her same-sex partner. Comparisons with previous studies was further used to see how homosexuality is constructed in the show. Through the comparison similar representation could be found from previous gay characters in terms of stereotypes and roles. The study showed however that Cheryl and Kevin’s depiction in the show was noticeably more positive.

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2019. , p. 51
Keywords [en]
Film and TV; Homosexuality; Multimodal critical discourse analysis; Representation; Riverdale; Queer theory;
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71925DiVA, id: diva2:1283841
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Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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Available from: 2019-01-30 Created: 2019-01-30 Last updated: 2019-01-30Bibliographically approved

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