Reading the Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO

Overview

The Sopranos has rewritten the rules of television drama and changed attitudes toward television itself. Topics explored include the extraordinary characterization of Tony Soprano; racism; dreams; Dr. Melfi as narratee; Carmela as a feminist; Italian-American womanhood; mafia theatrics; use and abuse of family values and feudal codes; the HBO brand; food's role on the show; and more. The book features Lavery's comprehensive guide to the show's intertextual moments and allusions,...

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Overview

The Sopranos has rewritten the rules of television drama and changed attitudes toward television itself. Topics explored include the extraordinary characterization of Tony Soprano; racism; dreams; Dr. Melfi as narratee; Carmela as a feminist; Italian-American womanhood; mafia theatrics; use and abuse of family values and feudal codes; the HBO brand; food's role on the show; and more. The book features Lavery's comprehensive guide to the show's intertextual moments and allusions, a timeline, and character and episode guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845111212
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/16/2006
  • Series: Reading Contemporary Television Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,451,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lavery is a world authority on television drama whose books include This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos, Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and he is Co-Editor of Slayage: The Online International Jourbanal of Buffy Studies. He is Professor of English, Middle Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Acknowledgements vii
Notes on Contributors ix
Introductory
Introduction: Can This Be the End of Tony Soprano?
David Lavery 3
1. Surviving "The Hit": Will The Sopranos Still Sing for HBO?
Michael M. Epstein, Jimmie L. Reeves, and Mark C. Rogers 15
2. Homeward Bound: Those Sopranos Titles Come Heavy
David Johansson 27
Sopranos Women
3. What has Carmela Ever Done for Feminism?
Carmela Soprano and the Post-Feminist Dilemma
Janet McCabe and Kim Akass 39
4. Disciplining the Masculine:
The Disruptive Power of Janice Soprano
Valerie Palmer-Mehta 56
5. Eve of Destruction: Dr. Melfi as Reader of The Sopranos
Bruce Plourde 69
Episodes
6. Bloodlust for the Common Man:
The Sopranos Confronts Its Volatile American Audience
Jessica Baldanzi 79
7. "You're Annette Bening?"
Dreams and Hollywood as Subtext in The Sopranos
Cameron Golden 91
vi READING THE SOPRANOS
8. From Columbus to Gary Cooper:
Mourbaning the Lost White Father in The Sopranos
Christopher Kocela 104
Music, Theatricality, Aesthetics
9. Gangstas, Divas, and Breaking Tony's Balls:
Musical Reference in The Sopranos
Chris Neal 121
10. Show Business or Dirty Business?
The Theatrics of Mafia Narrative and Empathy for the Last
Mob Boss Standing in The Sopranos
Gwyn Symonds 127
11. Aesthetics and Ammunition:
Art Imitating Life, Life Imitating Art in The Sopranos
Franco Ricci 139
Criminal Justice, Power, Homophobia, Race
12. Tasting Brylcreem:
Law, Disorder, and the FBI in The Sopranos
Douglas Howard 163
13. The Prince of North Jersey
Dean DeFino 179
14. "Black Guys, My Ass":
Uncovering the Queerness of Racism in The Sopranos
Brian Gibson 194
Appendices
A. Episodes, Writers, and Directors 214
B. Intertextual Moments and Allusions in Seasons Four and Five 217
C. Characters 233
Notes 236
Bibliography 246
Index 257

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