The "Lesbian on Display:” An Analysis of Representations of “Lesbian” Identities and Sexualities in Contemporary American Film

Amanda J. Swygart-Hobaugh M.L.S., Ph.D., Georgia State University


This research consists of an analysis of “lesbian” identities and sexualities as represented in a sample of contemporary American films. Through this analysis I explored 1) the constructed “lesbian” identities and sexualities; 2) the displays of “lesbian” sexual interactions and their perceived intended audiences; and 3) the differences of these depictions as affected by the persons constructing these representations of “lesbian” identities and sexualities.