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The Sopranos: Born Under a Bad Sign

byFranco Ricci

Paperback | June 6, 2014

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Often hailed as one of the greatest television series of all time, The Sopranos is a product of its time, firmly embedded in the problems of post-industrial, post-ethnic America. In The Sopranos: Born under a Bad Sign, Franco Ricci examines the groundbreaking HBO series and its impact as a cultural phenomenon.

Ricci demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of the series, the genre, and their social context in his analysis of the show's complex themes and characters. He explores The Sopranos' deep engagement with problems of race, class, gender, and identity, specifically in its portrayal of the Italian-American experience, consumer and media-driven society, and contemporary psychosocial issues. The series' protagonist, Mafia boss and patriarch Tony Soprano, in many ways embodies the anxieties of our age. Focusing on Tony's internal struggles and interactions with his therapist, family, and associates, Ricci traces this archetypal character's existential conflicts and sheds light on his search for self, connection, and meaning.

Comprehensive in scope and sophisticated in approach, The Sopranos: Born under a Bad Sign is richly rewarding reading for anyone with an interest in the popular television drama, both as entertainment and social commentary.

Franco Ricci is a professor of Italian Studies at the University of Ottawa.
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Title:The Sopranos: Born Under a Bad SignFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.76 inPublished:June 6, 2014Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: "Coming Heavy": Revisiting, Rereading, Rethinking The Sopranos

1. Inner Sanctums

2. When I Grow Up I Want to Be an American

3. God Help the Beast in Me

4. Two Tonys: Drawing Conclusions from Mediated Mob Images

5. An Appendix of Verbal Bits and Visual Bytes

6. Conclusion

Notes

Suggested Readings

Index

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Often hailed as one of the greatest television series of all time, The Sopranos is a product of its time, firmly embedded in the problems of post-industrial, post-ethnic America. In The Sopranos: Born under a Bad Sign, Franco Ricci examines the groundbreaking HBO series and its impact as a cultural phenomenon.Ricci demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of the series, the genre, and their social context in his analysis of the show's complex themes and characters. He explores The Sopranos' deep engagement with problems of race, class, gender, and identity, specifically in its portrayal of the Italian-American experience, consumer and media-driven society, and contemporary psychosocial issues. The series' protagonist, Mafia boss and patriarch Tony Soprano, in many ways embodies the anxieties of our age. Focusing on Tony's internal struggles and interactions with his therapist, family, and associates, Ricci traces this archetypal character's existential conflicts and sheds light on his search for self, connection, and meaning.Comprehensive in scope and sophisticated in approach, The Sopranos: Born under a Bad Sign is richly rewarding reading for anyone with an interest in the popular television drama, both as entertainment and social commentary."The Sopranos: Born under a Bad Sign stands out among the books already devoted to the series. Ricci knows the show extremely well, and his readings of The Sopranos in light of contemporary debates about censorship, identity, and class are compelling." - Dana Renga, Department of French and Italian, The Ohio State University