115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Television Studies I

Session Chair: 
Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Wesselkamper 120
Topic Area: 


  1. Heather Freeman, Florida Polytechnic University
    During the last decade, media consumption has been framed in increasingly pathologized terms. However, the rise of Netflix as a cottage industry for “binge-able” shows has arguably rendered “binge-watching” a dead metaphor. Their excessive production has normalized excessive consumption. However, the viral success of Netflix’s Stranger Things suggests a shift toward excessive critical reaction that has yet to be normalized. 
  2. Madison Choi, Chaminade University of Honolulu
    Stranger Things tells the supernatural tale of a number of young characters, including Eleven, a pre-pubescent girl possessing telekinetic powers. Eleven's rejection of normative gender and sexuality, coupled with her unconventional past and telekinetic powers, places her in the role of monster. But Eleven fails to fit the common profile of monsters in the science fiction and horror genres, as outlined by scholars such as Carol Clover and Jeffery Cohen.
  3. Chloe Allmand, Western Washington University
    This paper is an exploration of asexual, transvestive role-projection, the act of watching film and imagining oneself as a character of the opposite gender. I argue this form of fantasy can occur for a male viewer when a female character is non-sexualized, and transcends gender binaries like Arya Stark, the subject of my analysis.
Session Cancelled: