This Thing of Ours: Investigating the Sopranos by Columbia University Press (Paperback, 2002)
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- DescriptionIn a first-season episode of The Sopras, Tony Sopra is once again in conflict with his uncle Carrado Junior Sopra. Tony is in mood for conciliation, but neither is Junior, who warns his nephew t to return unless he is armed: Come heavy, he insists, or t at all. As a work of popular culture, a ground-breaking television series, and a cultural phemen, The Sopras always comes heavy, t just with weaponry but with significance. The cultures of the United States, Great Britain and Canada, Australia, and even Italy (where it premiered in the spring of 2001) have come under its influence and contributed to the cultural conversation about it. Talk, discourse, about The Sopras has migrated far beyond the water cooler, and t all of it has been praise. David Chase's The Sopras has also received starkly contradictory critical assessments. In the eyes of Ellen Willis (whose seminal essay in The Nation is reprinted in this volume), for example, the HBO series is the richest and most compelling piece of television-, of popular culture-that I've encountered in the past twenty years...a meditation on the nature of morality, the possibility of redemption, and the legacy of Freud. Others have condemned it for racial and sexist stereotypes, excessive violence, and profanity. These eighteen essays consider many facets of The Sopras: its creation and reception, the conflicting roles of men and women, the inner lives of the characters, obesity, North Jersey, the role of music, and even how food contributes to the story.
- Author BiographyDavid Lavery is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books, including Deny All Knowledge: Reading The X-Files; Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks; Late for the Sky: The Mentality of the Space Age; Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication28/08/2002
- SubjectCommunication & Media
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Weight576 g
- Width156 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byDavid Lavery
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