116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Television Studies II

Session Chair: 
Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 152
Topic Area: 


  1. Laurie Leach, Hawaii Pacific University
    In Fox’s The Americans, spies Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings are masters of disguise and role-playing but struggle with determining which roles and which commitments are primary. Phillip has trouble feigning intimacy without those feelings becoming real, while Elizabeth‘s primary allegiance to the Soviet Union and her contempt for American culture make “Elizabeth Jennings,” American wife and mother, her most difficult role.
  2. Mary Cappelli, Nevada State College
    The youthful structure of the look that pressures mature women to pass for youthful versions of their former selves continues to influence the unconscious process of age and sexuality. Through an analysis of Jessica Lange’s performance of legendary film icon Joan Crawford in the FX anthology Feud: Bette and Joan, I examine the performance of aging and sexuality from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  3. Joseph Philip Whatford, "California State University, San Bernardino"
    This paper considers how the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Legend of Korra uses disability to construct character and contribute to the public discourse surrounding disability. We need more character roles to challenge this discourse, and television shows can act as a good medium of influence, especially among younger audiences.
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