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With an off-putting title and a decidedly retrograde premise, the CW dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a surprising choice for critical analysis. But, loyal viewers quickly came to appreciate the show’s sharp cultural critique through masterful parody, and this strategy has made it a critical darling and earned it several awards throughout its run. In ways not often seen on traditional network television, the show transcends conventional genre boundaries—the Hollywood musical, the romantic comedy, the music video—while resisting stereotypes associated with contemporary life.

The essays in this collection underscore the show’s ability to distinguish itself within the current television market. Focusing on themes of feminism, gender identity, and mental health, contributors explore the ways in which the show challenged viewer expectations, as well as the role television critics play in identifying a show’s "authenticity" or quality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Amanda Konkle
  3. pp. 1-26
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  1. Part One. Critics, Genre, and "Quality TV"
  1. 1. “Crazy for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
  2. David Scott Diffrient
  3. pp. 27-48
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  1. 2. Musicals Have a Place
  2. Chelsea McCracken
  3. pp. 49-62
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  1. 3. Deconstructing Crazy
  2. Charles Burnetts
  3. pp. 63-77
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  1. 4. Television after Complexity
  2. Billy Stevenson
  3. pp. 78-92
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  1. Part Two. Queering Television
  1. 5. “This Is What Happy Feels Like”
  2. Caitlin E. Ray
  3. pp. 93-108
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  1. 6. “Lady, We’re All Gay!”
  2. Hazel Mackenzie
  3. pp. 109-124
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  1. 7. “Gettin’ Bi”
  2. Kathleen W. Taylor Kollman
  3. pp. 125-140
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  1. Part Three. Trauma, Vulnerability, and Mental Illness
  1. 8. “I’m the Villain in My Own Story”
  2. Lauren Boumaroun
  3. pp. 141-156
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  1. 9. “A Diagnosis!!”
  2. Margaret Tally
  3. pp. 157-169
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  1. 10. “Let Us Ugly Cry”
  2. Stephanie Salerno
  3. pp. 170-183
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  1. 11. Failure and the Family in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  2. Christine Prevas
  3. pp. 184-198
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  1. Part Four. New Feminisms
  1. 12. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Female Networks
  2. Marija Laugalyte
  3. pp. 199-213
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  1. 13. “Put Yourself First in a Sexy Way”
  2. Bibi Burger, Carel van Rooyen
  3. pp. 214-227
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  1. 14. “I’m Ravenous”
  2. Christi Cook
  3. pp. 228-242
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  1. Appendix. Complete Episode List, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-280
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-302
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 303-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-310
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815655183
Related ISBN
9780815637134
MARC Record
OCLC
1224583313
Launched on MUSE
2021-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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