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Following the Money: The Wire and Distant American Studies


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Cvek, Sven. (2014). Following the Money: The Wire and Distant American Studies. Sic : časopis za književnost, kulturu i književno prevođenje, 4(2).

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In this essay, I argue that the pedagogical, or, more generally, heuristic potential of HBO’s crime drama The Wire (2002/2008) is related to the specific institutional developments in post-network television, the show’s didactic intention, and its focus on the delineation of the economic process, or what has been called its “openly class-based” politics. I will dedicate most time to the latter, as it represents a particularly welcome intervention for American Studies, a discipline in which the problem of class has usually been either marginalized, or articulated in terms of the historically hegemonic disciplinary paradigm, that of identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: The Wire; American studies; cognitive mapping; capitalism; TV; HBO
Subjects: English language and literature > American Studies
English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 11:47
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 11:47

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