Friday, August 21, 2009

Helena Sheehan and Sheamus Sweeney: The Wire and the World - Narrative and Metanarrative

The Wire and the world: narrative and metanarrative
by Helena Sheehan and Sheamus Sweeney
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No other program has ever done anything remotely like what this one does, namely to portray the social, political, and economic life of an American city with the scope, observational precision, and moral vision of great literature ... The drama repeatedly cuts from the top of Baltimore's social structure to its bottom, from political fund-raisers in the white suburbs to the subterranean squat of a homeless junkie .... The Wire's political science is as brilliant as its sociology. It leaves The West Wing, and everything else television has tried to do on this subject, in the dust.


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