Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Kristin Bezio


This thesis uses Our Flag Means Death to illustrate the ability of Fictional Relativity Theory to unpack a text according to constructs of space-time and the translations from the creation process and and interpretation process, but it is also serves an example of the ways that texts can operate within the structure to encourage and engage with queer potential. OFMD pushes the boundaries and expectations in every step of FRT, from messing with constructs and expectations of time and space, to encouraging queer play and new kinds of engagement with fan communities in the second half of FRT’s cultural production process. This flexibility and playfulness is part of what makes OFMD an exemplary text to examine not only the ways that FRT can reproduce conventional narrative and ideology (by showing how it refuses these conventions), but also the ways that queerneness intwines with the (fan) responses to texts, what we do with them, and how we make them our own.