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Come and Get Your Love: Starsky & Hutch, Disidentification, and US Masculinities in the 1970s

  • Vincenzo Bavaro
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality book series (PSLGS)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the TV series Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979) claiming that it opens up “windows of possibilities” for counter-hegemonic representations of masculinity. Despite what seems to be a traditional and conservative understanding of gender identity and power, the show reflects a historical, albeit temporary, transition in the representation of masculinity from previous decades, especially with regard to the cop movie genre. By highlighting the functions of collaboration and caring, and by situating his own queer critical positionality in the process of consumption and intellectual appropriation of the show, Bavaro explores the ways in which the series envisions a new man who thrives in egalitarian exchanges within an eccentric queer community.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Bavaro
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Studi Letterari, Linguistici e ComparatiUniversità degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”NapoliItaly

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