Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators On Italian Television: Gomorrah And Beyond by Dana RengaWatching Sympathetic Perpetrators On Italian Television: Gomorrah And Beyond by Dana Renga

Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators On Italian Television: Gomorrah And Beyond

byDana Renga

Hardcover | March 28, 2019

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This book offers the first comprehensive study of recent, popular Italian television. Building on work in American television studies, audience and reception theory, and masculinity studies, Sympathetic Perpetrators and their Audiences on Italian Television examines how and why viewers are positioned to engage emotionally with-and root for-Italian television antiheroes. Italy's most popular exported series feature alluring and attractive criminal antiheroes, offer fictionalized accounts of historical events or figures, and highlight the routine violence of daily life in the mafia, the police force, and the political sphere. Renga argues that Italian broadcasters have made an international name for themselves by presenting dark and violent subjects in formats that are visually pleasurable and, for many across the globe, highly addictive. Taken as a whole, this book investigates what recent Italian perpetrator television can teach us about television audiences, and our viewing habits and preferences.
Dana Renga is Associate Professor of Italian at The Ohio State University, USA. She is the author ofUnfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium(2013), the editor ofMafia Movies: A Reader(2011), and has published extensively on Italian cinema and television. 
Title:Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators On Italian Television: Gomorrah And BeyondFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:334 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 28, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:303011502X

ISBN - 13:9783030115029


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Sympathetic Serial Offenders.- 2. Rai: "Educate while entertaining - entertain while educating" inL'ultimo dei Corleonesi, "Niente di personale," andIl segreto dell'acqua.- 3. Mediaset's Middlebrow Model:Il capo dei capi, L'ultimo padrino, Il clan dei camorristi, andL'onore e il rispetto.- 4. Sky's Offer You Can't Refuse andRomanzo criminale. La serie'sCriminal Payoffs.- 5.Faccia d'angelo: "The Allure of Evil".- 6. 1992 and 1993's Difficult Masculinities.- 7. Making Men inGomorrah 1andGomorrah 2.- 8. #ciaonetflix:Suburra. La serieas "International Patrimony".- 9. Conclusions:Gomorrah 3and Italian Television Abroad.