Interrogating the Shield

Interrogating the Shield

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When The Shield first appeared on US television in March 2002, it broke ratings records with the highest audience-rated original series premiere in cable history. In the course of its subsequent seven-season run, the show went on to win international acclaim for its abrasive depiction of an urban American dystopia and the systemic political and juridical corruption feeding it. The first book dedicated to the analysis of this immensely successful series, Interrogating qThe Shieldq brings together ten critical essays, written from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. Topics range from an exploration of the seriesa€™ derivation, genre, and production, to expositions of the ethics, aesthetics, and politics of the show. As may be expected from a multiauthored collection, this volume does not seek to present a homogenized account of The Shield. The show is variously applauded and critiqued. In their critical variety, however, the essays in this book are a testament to the cultural significance and creative complexity of the series. As such, they are a reminder of the renewed power of quality television drama today.As occasionally happens in The Shield, Mackey is at this instant unable to sublimate his aggression; he is driven frenziedly ... In the same way that slang identifies members of a group, the a€œuse of esoteric penal and radio codes identifies policeanbsp;...

Title:Interrogating the Shield
Author: Nicholas Ray
Publisher:Syracuse University Press - 2012-01-01

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