On the Cusp: Exploring Male Adolescence and the Underbelly of High School in Freaks and Geeks
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis chapter examines the representation of adolescent masculinity in Freaks and Geeks, focusing on the three 'geeks' of the series' title. It suggests that the anxiety experienced by the boys in the series is a reflection on a wider crisis of masculinity, occurring both within the timeline of the programme (1980) and the period of its release (1999). The chapter also explores the function of nostalgia in Freaks and Geeks and discusses the issues of authenticity and realism around the series' depiction of an American high school experience.
CitationBarnett, K. (2018) "On the Cusp: Exploring Male Adolescence and the Underbelly of High School in Freaks and Geeks." In Schober, A. and Olson, D. (Eds.) Children, Youth and American Television. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
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