When three's a crowd: Ex-lovers and lesbian families in 2 girls in love
McWilliam, Kelly (2004) When three's a crowd: Ex-lovers and lesbian families in 2 girls in love. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 8(3/4), pp. 165-176.
This paper explores the role of the ex-lover within the fictionalised lesbian family in The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love (1995). In the opening scenes of the film, teen protagonist Randy describes her family as a "normal, typical, regular lesbo household." But what is that? And what does it mean? Randy's family includes three lesbians: herself, her Aunt Rebecca, and Rebecca's girlfriend Vicki. The stability of this family, however, is threatened early in the film by the arrival of Rebecca's ex-lover, Lena. This paper argues that 2 Girls in Love offers a particular examination of the role of the ex-lover in contemporary lesbian families, through its fictional mediation of the topic. Specifically, the paper argues that the film enacts a didactic shift from a hetero-normative representation of family to "families of friends".
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Lesbian film, queer kinship|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2004 Haworth Press Inc|
|Deposited On:||02 Aug 2007|
|Last Modified:||15 Jan 2009 07:40|
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