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.
|Title of host publication||Queerbaiting and fandom|
|Subtitle of host publication||Teasing fans through homoerotic possibilities |
|Place of Publication||Iowa City|
|Publisher||University of Iowa Press|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|