Touching Affect: The Pedagogy of Intimate and Banal Moments in Glee

  • Kyra Clarke


While sexuality and schooling are often seen to have a difficult relationship, entertainment texts such as television hold the potential to present a range of different ways to think about sex, relationships, and identity. Moreover, as cultural forms, texts such as Glee (2009–2015) affectively engage and potentially touch viewers. Incorporating a number of queer characters and presenting sexuality as both banal and a topic of concern, Glee offers an opportunity to engage with the messiness of relationships. This chapter analyzes the implications of flashbacks depicted in Glee episode ‘The Break Up’ (4.4) considering the interactions between three couples whose relationships break up in the episode. It is argued that this constitutes a pedagogical moment which illustrates the ways in which touch intimately links characters.


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