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Viewing America: Twenty-First-Century Television Drama

Viewing America: Twenty-First-Century Television Drama

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Christopher Bigsby
Cambridge University Press, 11/25/2013
EAN 9781107619746, ISBN10: 1107619742

Paperback, 516 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Language: English

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.

Introduction
television drama
New Jersey
1. The Sopranos
Washington
2. The West Wing
Baltimore
3. Homicide Life on the Street
4. The Corner
5. The Wire
Earth
6. Battlestar Galactica
Odessa
7. Friday Night Lights
New York
8. Mad Men
New Orleans
9. Treme.