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This book examines the most popular American television shows of the nineties-a decade at the last gasp of network television's cultural dominance. At a time when American culture seemed increasingly fragmented, television still offered something close to a site of national consensus. The Lonely Nineties focuses on a different set of popular nineties television shows in each chapter and provides an in-depth reading of scenes, characters or episodes that articulate the overarching "ideology" of each series. It ultimately argues that television shows such as Seinfeld , Friends , Law & Order and …mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book examines the most popular American television shows of the nineties-a decade at the last gasp of network television's cultural dominance. At a time when American culture seemed increasingly fragmented, television still offered something close to a site of national consensus. The Lonely Nineties focuses on a different set of popular nineties television shows in each chapter and provides an in-depth reading of scenes, characters or episodes that articulate the overarching "ideology" of each series. It ultimately argues that television shows such as Seinfeld, Friends, Law & Order and The Simpsons helped to shape the ways Americans thought about themselves in relation to their friends, families, localities, and nation. It demonstrates how these shows engaged with a variety of problems in American civic life, responded to the social isolation of the age, and occasionally imagined improvements for community in America.

Autorenporträt
Paul Arras is Lecturer in Communication Studies at SUNY Cortland, USA.
Rezensionen
"Arras' use of clear and focused prose suggests a text appropriate for both graduate and upper-level undergraduate television and cultural studies courses." (Adam Christian Clark, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 41 (1), 2021)