Department

Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Leah LeFebvre

Description

This study explores the same-sex relationship between Kurt and Blaine on America’s hit-show Glee, a musical comedy-drama television series. Their relationship provides emerging adults, the primary audience, and the opportunity to watch these same-sex partners explore their personal and sexual identity and their relationship development and dissolution. This study highlights the deficiency in relationship literature by examining these fictionalized characters’ relationship turning points and mapping their relational trajectory. By mapping out Kurt and Blaine’s same-sex relationship, we can see the plight of their relationship and draw conclusions about the influence of the heteronormative perspective on to mixed-sex relationship turning points and trajectories. Additionally, this research may provide information about how emerging adulthoods conceptualize their personal, sexual, and relational identities.

Comments

Oral Presentation, Honors Program

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"You Complete Me": LGBTQ Identity and Romantic Relationships in Glee

This study explores the same-sex relationship between Kurt and Blaine on America’s hit-show Glee, a musical comedy-drama television series. Their relationship provides emerging adults, the primary audience, and the opportunity to watch these same-sex partners explore their personal and sexual identity and their relationship development and dissolution. This study highlights the deficiency in relationship literature by examining these fictionalized characters’ relationship turning points and mapping their relational trajectory. By mapping out Kurt and Blaine’s same-sex relationship, we can see the plight of their relationship and draw conclusions about the influence of the heteronormative perspective on to mixed-sex relationship turning points and trajectories. Additionally, this research may provide information about how emerging adulthoods conceptualize their personal, sexual, and relational identities.