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Baran Germen wins prize for forthcoming article

Doctoral candidate Baran Germen was chosen to receive the 2016 Bruce M. Abrams LGBTQ Essay Award for his article “Abjectly Melodramatic: The Monstrous Body and the Queer Politics of Are We OK?” (forthcoming in the June issue of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture). The award recognizes Baran’s contribution to the advancement of LGBTQ studies. Baran’s research draws on current developments in “affect theory,” which has a particular relevance for the genre of melodrama given what this theory might characterize as a “mutualization of affect,” in which the spectator—in a kind of contagious resonance—shares emotions with the characters portrayed.