The Essential Sopranos Reader

Overview

The Sopranos is recognized as the most successful cable series in the history of television. The Washington Post has called the popular series, winner of twenty-one Emmys and five Golden Globes, "the television landmark that leaves other landmarks in the dust." In every aspect — narrative structure, visual artistry, writing, intertextuality, ensemble acting, controversial themes, dark humor, and unflinching examinations of American life — The Sopranos has had few equals.

...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (12) from $47.92   
  • New (6) from $52.84   
  • Used (6) from $47.92   
The Essential Sopranos Reader

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$34.49
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$60.00 List Price

Overview

The Sopranos is recognized as the most successful cable series in the history of television. The Washington Post has called the popular series, winner of twenty-one Emmys and five Golden Globes, "the television landmark that leaves other landmarks in the dust." In every aspect — narrative structure, visual artistry, writing, intertextuality, ensemble acting, controversial themes, dark humor, and unflinching examinations of American life — The Sopranos has had few equals.

Offering a definitive final assessment of the series, The Essential Sopranos Reader aims to comprehensively examine the show's themes and enduring cultural significance. Gender and ethnicity, the role of dreams, the rebirth of HBO, the series' controversial finale, and other topics come under scrutiny in this highly accessible, engaging collection. The book concludes with an interview with Dominic Chianese, who played Uncle Junior in all six seasons of the show.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is the first major academic exploration of the series, and it is must reading for both fans and scholars of 'The Sopranos.'" —King Features Syndicate" —

"'The Essential Sopranos Reader' explores the series' themes, its legacy, its unforgettable characters and how its writers and producers handled some of the most controversial subject metter ever seen on American TV."—Farmville Herald" —

"The collection bows out with an entertaining and sometimes insightful excerptfrom an interview with Sopranos actor Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior), whichLevinson and Lavery moderated, and a list of the cast and their respective roles on theseries, an episode guide, and an extensive catalogue of the sixth season's intertextualreferences and allusions"—Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television" —

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

David Lavery, professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, is the editor of The Essential Cult TV Reader. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Douglas L. Howard, assistant academic chair and associate professor in the English Department at Suffolk County Community College, is the editor of Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television. He lives in Plainview, New York.

Paul Levinson, professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University, is the award-winning author of several science fiction novels as well as books on new media. He lives in White Plains, New York.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword David Bianculli ix

Introduction David Lavery 1

Part 1 The Sopranos, David Chase, HBO, and Television

The Sopranos as Tipping Point in the Second Coming of HBO Gary R. Edgerton 7

From Made Men to Mad Men: What Matthew Weiner Learned from David Chase David Lavery 17

The Sopranos: If Nothing Is Real, You Have Overpaid for Your Carpet Martha P. Nochimson 23

Author(iz)ing Chase Robin Nelson 41

Part 2 Characters

"Half a Wiseguy": Paulie Walnuts, Meet Tom Stoppard Paul Wright 57

Christopher, Osama, and A.J.: Contemporary Narcissism and Terrorism in The Sopranos Jason Jacobs 65

"When It Comes to Daughters, All Bets Are Off": The Seductive Father-Daughter Relationship of Tony and Meadow Soprano Marisa Carroll 81

Part 3 Gendering The Sopranos

"Blabbermouth Cunts"; or, Speaking in Tongues: Narrative Crises for Women in The Sopranos and Feminist Dilemmas Kim Akass Janet McCabe 93

Honoring the Social Compact: The Last Temptation of Melfi Nancy McGuire Roche 105

A "Finook" in the Crew: Vito Spatafore, The Sopranos, and the Queering of the Mafia Genre George De Stefano 114

Part 4 Cinematic Concerns

The Producers: The Dangers of Filmmaking in The Sopranos Cameron Golden 127

Comfortably Numb? The Sopranos, New Brutalism, and the Last Temptation of Chris Glen Creeber 137

Part 5 Dreams and Therapy

Fishes and Football Coaches: The Narrative Necessity of Dreams in The Sopranos Cynthia Burkhead 149

From Here to InFinnerty: Tony Soprano and the American Way Terri Carney 157

"Whatever Happened to Stop and Smell the Roses?": The Sopranos as Anti-therapeutic Narrative David Pattie 166

Part 6 Ethnic and Social Concerns

Mangia Mafia! Food, Punishment, and Cultural Identity in The Sopranos Michael M. Grynbaum 183

The Guinea as Tragic Hero: The Complex Representation of Italian Americans in The Sopranos Frank P. Tomasulo 196

"All Caucasians Look Alike": Dreams of Whiteness at the End of The Sopranos Christopher Kocela 208

Part 7 Images of Justice and The Sopranos

Representations of Law and Justice in The Sopranos: An Introduction Barbara Villez 221

Lawyer-Client Relations as Seen in The Sopranos James M. Keneally 229

"This Isn't a Negotiation": "Getting to Yes" with Tony Soprano Sharon Sutherland Sarah Swan 232

The Price of Stereotype: The Representation of the Mafia in Italy and the United States in The Sopranos Antonio Ingroia 243

The Image of Justice in The Sopranos Fahio Licata 246

Part 8 Narrative and Intertextuality

"Funny about God, and Fate, and Shit Like That": The Imminent Unexpected in The Sopranos Robert Piluso 257

The Sopranos and History Albert Auster 266

Silence in The Sopranos Steven Peacock 277

Part 9 Cut to Black: The Finale and the Sopranos Legacy

"What's Different between You and Me": Carmela, the Audience, and the End Joseph S. Walker 289

Unpredictable but Inevitable: That Last Scene Maurice Yacowar 297

No Justice for All: The FBI, Cut to Black, and David Chase's Final Hit Douglas L. Howard 303

The Sopranos and the Closure Junkies Paul Levinson 313

Acknowledgments 317

Appendix A Characters 319

Appendix B Episode Guide 323

Appendix C Intertextual References and Allusions in Season Six 327

Appendix D A Conversation with Dominic Chianese, The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 339

Bibliography 363

List of Contributors 377

Index 383

Additional Essays Available Online at davidlavery.net/sopranos

"Even Brendan Filone's Got an Identity and He's Dead": Christopher Moltisanti and the Reflexive Subjectivity of the Constructed Self Carl Wilson

Carmela Soprano as Emma Bovary: European Culture, Taste, and Class in The Sopranos Elizabeth Mauldin

The Sopranos as Art Cinema William Siska

Tony and Dora: Mastering the Art of Countertransference Bruce Plourde

The Sopranos: Asleep Sven Weber

Hospital Scenes, Nursing, and Health Care in The Sopranos Dianna Lipp Rivers

The New Serial Television Narrative: The Sopranos and Relay Race Structure Ilaria Bistegh

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)