It Gets Better: The Pedagogy of Glee

  • Ava Laure ParsemainEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Entertainment Industries book series (PAEI)


Both a dramedy and a teen musical soap, Glee (FOX, 2009–2015) represents a range of queer identities. Created by the gay TV producer Ryan Murphy, it features a large number of LGBT+ teenage characters and explores issues affecting queer youth including coming-out, sex education, bullying, depression and suicide. As audience studies have shown, Glee is an important queer cultural text, which functions as a symbol of affiliation with the LGBT+ community and which has helped many LGBT+ teenagers understand and negotiate their own gender and sexual identity. Exploring Glee’s lessons and pedagogy, this chapter demonstrates that it teaches through entertainment elements like music, melodrama, storytelling and comedy. However, it also argues that the series’ narrative of struggle and success, along with its humour, perpetuate normative and oppressive ideologies.


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  1. 1.The University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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