Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO

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I.B.Tauris, Mar 16, 2006 - Performing Arts - 260 pages
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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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Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO (Reading Contemporary Television)

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The Sopranos is not only one of cable television's biggest hits of all time, it is also among the first original programs from a premium cable network to gain worldwide attention. This highly ... Read full review

Contents

Will The Sopranos Still Sing for HBO?
15
What has Carmela Ever Done for Feminism?
39
Dr Melfi as Reader of The Sopranos
69
Youre Annette Bening?
91
The Prince of North Jersey
179
Appendices
214
Characters
233
Bibliography
246
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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 Journal of Buffy Studies. He is Professor of English, Middle Tennessee State University.

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