The Prime-time Presidency

The Prime-time Presidency

The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism

eBook - 2006
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Contrasting strong women and multiculturalism with portrayals of a heroic white male leading the nation into battle, The Prime-Time Presidency explores the NBC drama The West Wing, paying particular attention to its role in promoting cultural meaning about the presidency and U.S. nationalism. Based in a careful, detailed analysis of the "first term" of The West Wing's President Josiah Bartlet, this criticism highlights the ways the text negotiates powerful tensions and complex ambiguities at the base of U.S. national identity--particularly the role of gender, race, and militarism in the construction of U.S. nationalism. Unlike scattered and disparate collections of essays, Trevor Parry-Giles and Shawn J. Parry-Giles offer a sustained, ideologically driven criticism of The West Wing. The Prime-time Presidency presents a detailed critique of the program rooted in presidential history, an appreciation of television's power as a source of political meaning, and television's contribution to the articulation of U.S. national identity.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, Ă2006
ISBN: 9780252092091
0252092090
9781283609074
128360907X
0252030656
0252073126
9780252030659
9780252073120
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 231 pages)
Additional Contributors: Parry-Giles, Shawn J. 1960-

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