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One of the most popular shows to come out of Shondaland, Shonda Rhimes’s production company, is ABC’s political drama Scandal (2012–18)—a series whose tremendous success and marketing savvy led LA Times critic Mary McNamara to hail it as "the show that Twitter built" and Time magazine to name its protagonist as one of the most influential fictional characters of 2013. The series portrays a fictional Washington, DC, and features a diverse group of characters, racially and otherwise, who gather around the show’s antiheroine, Olivia Pope, a powerful crisis manager who happens to have an extramarital affair with the president of the United States. For seven seasons, audiences learned a great deal about Olivia and those interwoven in her complex world of politics and drama, including her team of "gladiators in suits," with whom she manages the crises of Washington’s political elite.

This volume, named for both Olivia’s team and the show’s fans, analyzes the communication, politics, stereotypes, and genre techniques featured in the television series while raising key questions about the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and viewing audiences. The essays range from critical looks at various members of Scandal’s ensemble, to in-depth analyses of the show’s central themes, to audience reception studies via interviews and social media analysis. Additionally, the volume contributes to research on femininity, masculinity, and representations of black womanhood on television. Ultimately, this collection offers original and timely perspectives on what was one of America’s most "scandalous" prime-time network television series.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title, Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Simone Adams, Kimberly R. Moffitt, Ronald L. Jackson I
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part One: Politics, Death, and Protecting the Republic
  1. 1. Olivia Pope, Citizen of Empire: Gendered Duties and Sacrificial Violence on Scandal
  2. Catherine R. Squires
  3. pp. 23-47
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  1. 2. Olivia Pope: “Fixer” of Necropolitical Fallout
  2. Nicholas Manganas
  3. pp. 48-66
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  1. 3. Scandal: A Melodrama of Social Death
  2. Patricia Ventura
  3. pp. 67-86
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  1. 4. The Power of Whiteness: Disciplining Olivia Pope
  2. Shantel Gabrieal Buggs, Ryessia Jones Russell
  3. pp. 87-110
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  1. Part Two: Romance, Race, and the Erotic
  1. 5. “Tangled Skeins”: Scandal’s Olivia Pope and the Counternarrativizing of Black Female Enslavement
  2. Ernest L. Gibson III
  3. pp. 111-134
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  1. 6. “You’re Nobody’s Victim, Liv”: The Scandal of Black Love and White Hegemony in Scandal
  2. Christopher A. House, Sean Eversley Bradwell
  3. pp. 135-159
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  1. 7. Insider/Outsider: Olivia Pope and the Pursuit of Erotic Power
  2. Kadian Pow
  3. pp. 160-186
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  1. 8. #Olitz: The Erotics of (E)Racing in Scandal
  2. Kavyta Kay
  3. pp. 187-208
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  1. Part Three: Sisterhood, Feminism,and Female Body Politics
  1. 9. A Sisterhood of Strategic Convenience: Olivia Pope, Mellie Grant, and Their Scandalous Entanglements
  2. Tracey Owens Patton
  3. pp. 209-232
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  1. 10. Female Gladiators and Third Wave Feminism: Visualizing Power, Choice, and Dialogue in Scandal
  2. Lara C. Stache, Rachel D. Davidson
  3. pp. 233-254
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  1. 11. Nimble Readings: Black Women, Meaning Making, and Negotiating Womanhood through Scandal
  2. Timeka N. Tounsel
  3. pp. 255-276
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  1. 12. Good Black Girls Wear White: Olivia Pope and Conflicted Constructions of Black Female Personhood
  2. Kimberly Alecia Singletary
  3. pp. 277-290
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  1. Part Four: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Respectability
  1. 13. “It’s Handled!”: Critiquing the Politics of Respectability at the Intersection of Race and Gender in Scandal
  2. Tina M. Harris, Myra Washington, Diamond M. Akers
  3. pp. 291-311
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  1. 14. Advocacy and Normalcy: The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage in Scandal
  2. Will Howell
  3. pp. 312-331
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  1. 15. “He Exists Because I Say He Exists”: The (Un)Making of Fitz’s Manhood and the Enduring Adaptability of Hegemonic Masculinity
  2. David Ponton III, Kelly Weber Stefonowich
  3. pp. 332-354
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  1. 16. “I Can’t Fix This”: Reflections on Scandal’s Racial Commentary in the “Lawn Chair” Episode
  2. Ronald L. Jackson II , Kimberly R. Moffitt, Simone Adams
  3. pp. 355-382
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  1. Appendix, Contributors, Index
  1. Appendix Complete Episode List, Scandal (2012–2018, created by Shonda Rhimes)
  2. pp. 383-392
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 393-400
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815654681
Related ISBN
9780815636403
MARC Record
OCLC
1098220091
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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