Representation of Transgender People on Television

Textual Analysis & Representation

This is an area which we haven’t explored as much as the others so I thought I’d put something together.

Here’s a lesson plan and glossary terms which you will find really helpful:lesson_transgender_representations

Here’s an article from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) where they review the last ten years of trans representation.

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Here’s a pretty good Prezi about representation of trans people from the past to the present. Some cool things in it which could be useful.

And from The Independent:

TV has hit a record high for black and transgender representation, GLAAD report finds

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But remember, it is all about how:

  • Mise-en-scene
  • Position, movement, proxemics
  • Editing
  • Sound

is used to represent trans people. We will look at a clip from either Transparent or Orange is the New Black in class today and apply our understanding of ideology and representation to it. We’ll be focusing on how the technical areas challenge or conform to ideological representations of trans people and issues.

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The Reading List

I have a made a summer ‘reading list’ for you. I am not expecting you to read everything on the list but I do expect you to read at least two of the links I’ve given. I will also be expecting you to write a response to what you have read. If you’re unsure about which ones to read then we can discuss in class.


Here is a list of recommended things you should read to help you with A Level Media Studies and your studies in general. A collection of academia, novels and essays. They are all inspirational and will help you see the world as a more interesting place.

Summer Reading List July – Sept 2016


You should also watch this 57 minute lecture on the Essential Value of a Classic Education by Jeffrey Brenzel

AS Exam Structure – Section A

Don’t forget everyone that the AS exam is on this THURSDAY 19th May at 0900. I will meet you in the common room first thing in the morning.

As you know, the exam is TWO hours long. The first 30 minutes will be a screening of a TV Drama, which will be shown FOUR times. Do not make notes on the first screening. Follow the instructions on the screen.

After the four screenings you will then have 45 minutes to write your answer to the question. You will then have 45 minutes to answer Section B but remember, no one will actually tell you it is time to start Section B so you have to time this yourself.

Section A will ask you to discuss how an area of representation is portrayed in the TV Drama clip with reference to the technical aspects of moving image:

  • Mise-en-scene
  • Position/movement of the camera
  • Editin
  • Sound

You job is write about how the above is used to portray the area of representation. They could be:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Sexuality
  • Class and Status
  • Physical ability/disability
  • Regional identity

Remember, you have to time the exam yourself.

Good luck.

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Representation & Audience Theory

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The above presentation will really help you get to grips with representation theory and audience and how the two often work together. This is dynamite for exam revision so get revising!

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Textual Analysis Revision Revision Revision

The attached PowerPoint is a structured revision lesson that you can do on your own or with classmates. Download it and get revising! This is a really great presentation that will definitely help.

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Further Textual Analysis Revision

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Check out the PowerPoint above for Textual Analysis and Representation revision

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