Princesses, Bad Little Boys, and Normal People

Fluidity and the Queer Body in Adventure Time

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Candice D. Roberts Associate Professor, St. John's University, USA robertsc@stjohns.edu

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Abstract

Adventure Time is an animated series and bildungsroman, centered on the primary protagonist, Finn, and the normative prescriptions of identity as represented in his growth. The series evolves to offer nuanced and alternative representations of fluidity and the queer body, and the current research investigates queer potentiality in this speculative fiction/fantasy text. By weaving together extant understandings of bodies and animation with theories of the queer body, this analysis uses fluidity to examine queerness in Adventure Time. Further, it proposes that the body is one site—along with constructs of family, gender, and time—where fluidity may represent queerness.

Contributor Notes

Candice D. Roberts is Associate Professor in the Division of Mass Communication and Director of the LGBTQ+ Center at St. John's University. They hold a PhD in Communication, Culture and Media from Drexel University. Broadly, their work examines cultural narrative and identity in popular media, and they are particularly interested in archetypes, consumer behavior, and sociality around themes of class, sexuality, and space/place. Email: robertsc@stjohns.edu

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