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Something has happened in the world of television drama. For the last decade and a half America has assumed a dominant position. Novelists, screenwriters and journalists, who would once have had no interest in writing for television, indeed who often despised it, suddenly realised that it was where America could have a dialogue with itself. The new television drama was where writers could engage with the social and political realities of the time, interrogating the myths and values of a society moving into a new century. Familiar genres have been reinvented, from crime fiction to science fiction. This is a book as much about a changing America as about the television series which have addressed it, from The Sopranos and The Wire to The West Wing, Mad Men and Treme, in what has emerged as the second golden age of American television drama.Read more
- Locates ten recent ground-breaking American television series against the social and political realities they address
- Considers a variety of television genres, exploring America in a new century, confronted by challenges at home and abroad
- Highly accessible, this book explores and analyses American television drama for its dramatic strategies and cultural significance
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"Explores lesser-known but no less fascinating works."
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"Bigsby makes a compelling case for twenty-first-century television drama as art to be viewed, studied, and appreciated … Highly recommended."
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- Date Published: November 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107043930
- length: 512 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 168 x 27 mm
- weight: 0.93kg
- contains: 9 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: television drama
1. The Sopranos
2. The West Wing
3. Homicide Life on the Street
4. The Corner
5. The Wire
6. Battlestar Galactica
7. Friday Night Lights
8. Mad Men
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