‘Exciting Times’ by Naoise Dolan is fiercely aware of class, money, race, and what is right

Image description: Naoise Dolan holding her book ‘Exciting times’ Search Naoise Dolan, and Sally Rooney’s name is mentioned almost as many times as hers. The comparisons between them are so frequent you’d be forgiven for thinking their books are the same. At one level, they are of course similar. Both young, Irish women writing gripping […]

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Queer Kids’ Media: Legend of Korra

Every other week this term I’ll be discussing LGBT+ characters in children’s TV and film.  This vacation I finally finished Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra (2012-2014), sequel series to the anime-inspired Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008). Both shows had wide appeal for their combination of emotionally-mature storylines with wonderfully childlike humour and fantasy. What caught […]

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We’re here, we’re (not) queer, get used to it: Straightwashing in Hollywood

Amidst news of Scarlett Johansson’s casting as Major Motoko in Ghost in the Shell, many news outlets took an opportunity to begin a productive discussion about the problem of whitewashing in Hollywood. Less discussed, however, is Hollywood’s similar problem with ‘straightwashing’. The old adage holds that to make it in Hollywood, one has to ‘play […]

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