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Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2055-5695
  • E-ISSN: 2055-5709

Abstract

The queer coming-of-age film genre, although gaining more visibility with a recent slate of films, has not always been recognized or studied as a genre. Providing a unique sense of the struggles queer people experience coming of age in our society, these films serve an important function. By documenting the struggles cis-het society creates for queer adolescents as well as providing hope for the queer audience looking for guidance through this often-difficult period, these films also reveal how queer adolescents lack the same resources and support as their cis-het peers. Since the films in this genre are often considered ‘coming out’, ‘drama’ or ‘comedies’, recognizing this genre’s classic cluster will better focus attention on the genre’s semantic elements as well as the cause-and-effect syntax in which they are placed. This genre lens reveals the impact of the struggles queer adolescents experience coming of age in our society.

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