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21st-Century TV Dramas: Exploring the New Golden Age (Hardcover)

21st-Century TV Dramas: Exploring the New Golden Age By Amy M. Damico, Sara E. Quay Cover Image
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Television dramas have changed since the turn of the 21st century--for the good, many would say, as a result of changes in technology, the rise of cable networks, and increased creative freedom. This book approaches the new golden age of television dramas by examining the programs that define the first 15 years of the new century through their complex narratives, high production value, star power, popularity, and enthusiastic fan culture.

After an introduction that sets the stage for the book's content, thematic sections present concise chapters that explore key connections between television dramas and elements of 21st-century culture. The authors explore Downton Abbey as a distraction from contemporary class struggles, patriarchy and the past in Game of Thrones and Mad Men, and portrayals of the dark hero protagonist in The Sopranos, Dexter, and Breaking Bad, as a few examples of the book's coverage. With its multidisciplinary perspectives on a variety of themes--terrorism, race/class/gender, family dynamics, and sociopolitical and socioeconomic topics-- this book will be relevant across the social sciences and cultural and media studies courses.

About the Author

Amy M. Damico, PhD, is professor of communication at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, and is faculty advisor to the Endicott College Scholars honors program.Sara E. Quay is dean of the school of education at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, and is director of the Endicott College Scholars honors program.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781440833441
ISBN-10: 1440833443
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: February 12th, 2016
Pages: 223
Language: English