Wire Urban Decay and American Television

ISBN-10: 0826438040

ISBN-13: 9780826438041

Edition: 2009

Authors: Tiffany Potter, C. W. Marshall, C. W. Marshall, Potter

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This book examines the series' place within popular culture and its representation of the realities of inner city life, social institutions, and politics in contemporary American society.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
Publication date: 12/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Tiffany Potter teaches in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek, University of Cambridge; John Harvard Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge; Director of the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; Fellow of King's College, Cambridge; and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His internationally award-winning books include Jerusalem, City of Longing (2008), Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity (2011) and Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy (2012).C. W. Marshall is Professor of Greek at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy (2006) and has co-edited several volumes: No Laughing Matter (2012) and Classics and Comics (2011) with George Kovacs and The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (2009) and Cylons in America (2008) with Tiffany Potter. His many articles and chapters on ancient theatre consider the practical constraints of ancient staging techniques, the nature of masks, and how an ancient audience interprets a play in performance. This work is informed by his practical experience as a director of ancient and modern plays.

Acknowledgements
"I am the American Dream": Modern Urban Tragedy and the Borders of Fiction
Baltimore before The Wire
Baltimore and Its Institutions
Yesterday's Tomorrow Today: Baltimore and the Promise of Reform
"We ain't got no yard": Crime, Development, and Urban Environment
Heroism, Institutions, and the Police Procedural
The Narrative Production of "Real Police"
"I Got the Shotgun, You Got the Briefcase": Lawyering
Posing Problems and Picking Fights: Critical Pedagogy and the Corner Boys
On the Corner
Corner-Boy Masculinity: Intersections of Inner-City Manhood
Stringer Bell's Lament: Violence and Legitimacy in Contemporary Capitalism
Networks of Affiliation: Familialism and Anticorporatism in Black and White
Barksdale Women: Crime, Empire, and the Production of Gender
After the Towers Fell: Bodie Broadus and the Space of Memory
Twenty-first-Century Television
"The Dickensian Aspect": Melodrama, Viewer Engagement, and the Socially Conscious Text
It's All Connected: Televisual Narrative Complexity
Dislocating America: Agnieszka Holland Directs "Moral Midgetry"
"Gots to Get Got": Social Justice and Audience Response to Omar Little
Works Cited
Episode List
Notes on Contributors
Index
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