American Mass Incarceration and Post-Network Quality Television

Lee Flamand
Title
American Mass Incarceration and Post-Network Quality Television
Subtitle
Captivating Aspirations
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€ 117,00
ISBN
9789463725057
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
312
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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The Captivating Aspirations of Post-Network Quality Television in the Age of Mass Incarceration: An Introduction
Chapter 1: Mass (Mediating) Incarceration
Chapter 2: How does Violent Spectacle Appear as TV Realism? Sources of OZ’s Penal Imaginary
Chapter 3: If It’s Not TV, is It Sociology? The Wire
Chapter 4: Is Entertainment the New Activism? Orange Is the New Black, Women’s Imprisonment, and the Taste for Prisons
Chapter 5: Can Melodrama Redeem American History? Ava DuVernay’s 13th and Queen Sugar
Conclusion: American Politics and Prison Reform after TV’s Digital Turn
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Lee Flamand

American Mass Incarceration and Post-Network Quality Television

Captivating Aspirations

Far more than a building of brick and mortar, the prison relies upon gruesome stories circulated as commercial media to legitimize its institutional reproduction. Perhaps no medium has done more in recent years to both produce and intervene in such stories than television. This unapologetically interdisciplinary work presents a series of investigations into some of the most influential and innovative treatments of American mass incarceration to hit our screens in recent decades. Looking beyond celebratory accolades, Lee A. Flamand argues that we cannot understand the eagerness of influential programs such as OZ, The Wire, Orange Is the New Black, 13th, and Queen Sugar to integrate the sensibilities of prison ethnography, urban sociology, identity politics activism, and even Black feminist theory into their narrative structures without understanding how such critical postures relate to the cultural aspirations and commercial goals of a quickly evolving TV industry and the most deeply ingrained continuities of American storytelling practices.
Author

Lee Flamand

Lee A. Flamand, PhD is a lecturer in the University of Groningen’s Department of American Studies. "Articulating Counter/Publics and Re-assembling History: 13th." American Counter/Public. Universitatsverlag Winter Heidelberg, 2019. "Screening Campus Identity Politics: Dear White People, Cultural Studies, and the American University." Mapping Fields of Study: The Cultural and Institutional Space of English Studies. Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2019.