On the Wire

ISBN-10: 0822357178

ISBN-13: 9780822357179

Edition: 2014

Authors: Linda Williams

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Many television critics, legions of fans, even the President of the United States, have cited The Wire as the best television series ever. In this sophisticated examination of the HBO serial drama that aired from 2002 until 2008, Linda Williams, a leading film scholar and authority on the interplay between film, melodrama, and issues of race, suggests what exactly it is that makes The Wire so good. She argues that while the series is a powerful exploration of urban dysfunction and institutional failure, its narrative power derives from its genre. The Wire is popular melodrama, not Greek tragedy, as critics and the series creator David Simon have claimed. Entertaining, addictive, funny, and despairing all at once, it is a serial melodrama grounded in observation of Baltimore's people and institutions: of cops and criminals, schools and blue-collar labor, local government and local journalism. The Wire transforms close observation into an unparalleled melodrama by juxtaposing the good and evil of individuals with the good and evil of institutions.
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 8/8/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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