Abstract

HBO’s series ‘The Sopranos’ has been studied academically through the various optics it invites: psychoanalytic theory, gender studies, its playful genre self-referentiality, and so forth. It can be all of those things, but here The Sopranos is viewed as if it were fundamentally a piece of existentialist philosophy. It promises a contemporary ‘American existentialism’ and suggests that middlebrow artistic culture has greater resources than has heretofore been thought – if the lessons of The Sopranos are properly learnt.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1471-6836
Print ISSN
0008-199X
Pages
pp. 23-38
Launched on MUSE
2010-03-28
Open Access
No
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