Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad : Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series

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Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series, edited by David P. Pierson, examines the social contexts, cultural politics, and visual, aural, and narrative style of AMC's original series Breaking Bad. This collection of critical essays explores such topics as neo-liberalism, spatiality and temporality, modern science and its principles, the representation of masculinity, Latinos, and disabilities, the function of narrative teasers and songs, and the role of emotions as dramatic action in the series.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 479.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1 black & white illustrations, 3 black & white halftones, 2 tables
  • 0739179241
  • 9780739179246
  • 1,562,718

About David P. Pierson

David Pierson is an associate professor of media studies and chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Southern Maine.
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Table of contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgements Introduction The Contexts of Breaking Bad 1.Breaking Neoliberal?: Neo-liberalism, its Discourses, and Breaking Bad David P. Pierson 2.Multiple Existences and the Economy of Time in Breaking Bad Dustin Freely 3.Heisenberg, Epistemological Implications of a Criminal Pseudonym Alberto Brodesco The Politics of Breaking Bad 4.Taking Control: Male Angst and the Re-emergence of Hegemonic Masculinity in Breaking Bad Brian Faucette 5.Not Your Average Mexican: Breaking Bad and the Destruction of Latino Stereotypes Andrew Howe 6.A Life Not Worthy Living Jami L. Anderson The Style of Breaking Bad 7.Breaking the Waves Pierre Barrette and Yves Picard 8.Uncertain Beginnings: Breaking Bad's Episodic Openings Rossend Sanchez Baro 9.Buying the House: Place in Breaking Bad Ensley F. Guffey 10. Mediating Fictional Crime, Music, Morality and Liquid Identification in Breaking Bad Carlo Nardi 11. Feeling Bad: Emotions and Narrativity in Breaking Bad Deidre Pribram Main Cast, Production History, and Episode Guide Index About the Contributors
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Review quote

This is a very good collection. Media Report The book is useful for students and researchers interested in Breaking Bad and provides an excellent reading list for courses that analyze the series. Interdisciplinary in scope, the essays approach Breaking Bad from political economy, cultural, and aesthetic perspectives...Pierson's anthology is a valuable first step in critical evaluations of Breaking Bad. The book's central strength is its interdisciplinary approach...Pierson compiles a useful and thought-provoking collection in this anthology. Just as The Sopranos provoked substantial media scholarship about American culture, Breaking Bad will certainly inspire a wealth of academic work for students and researchers alike. Pierson's contribution is an admirable start. Critical Studies in Media Communication
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