Queerying subtext and fandom in Xena: Warrior Princess

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Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) was a United States’ hour-long syndicated action program. Originally developed as female version and spin-off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999), Xena quickly became more popular with viewers and continues to be influential in popular culture discussions of representations of women and female heroes. Xena is also well-known for the subtextual and possibly queer relationship between the two lead female characters Xena (portrayed by Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (portrayed by Renee O’Connor). In this chapter, I focus on the show’s queer legacy in terms of the subtextual discourse created by fans about the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle and the show’s response to subtext in order to explicate Xena’s significance for television studies and analyses of queerbaiting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueerbaiting and fandom
Subtitle of host publicationTeasing fans through homoerotic possibilities
EditorsJoseph Brennan
Place of PublicationIowa City
PublisherUniversity of Iowa Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781609386726
ISBN (Print)9871609386719
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameFandom & Culture


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