The Essential Sopranos Reader
Offering a definitive final assessment of the series, The Essential Sopranos Reader aims to comprehensively examine the show's themes and enduring cultural significance. Gender and ethnicity, the role of dreams, the rebirth of HBO, the series' controversial finale, and other topics come under scrutiny in this highly accessible, engaging collection. The book concludes with an interview with Dominic Chianese, who played Uncle Junior in all six seasons of the show.
About the Authors
Douglas L. Howard, assistant academic chair and associate professor in the English Department at Suffolk County Community College, is the editor of Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television. He lives in Plainview, New York.
Paul Levinson, professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University, is the award-winning author of several science fiction novels as well as books on new media. He lives in White Plains, New York.
"This is the first major academic exploration of the series, and it is must reading for both fans and scholars of 'The Sopranos.'" —King Features Syndicate"
"'The Essential Sopranos Reader' explores the series' themes, its legacy, its unforgettable characters and how its writers and producers handled some of the most controversial subject metter ever seen on American TV."—Farmville Herald"
"The collection bows out with an entertaining and sometimes insightful excerpt
from an interview with Sopranos actor Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior), which
Levinson and Lavery moderated, and a list of the cast and their respective roles on the
series, an episode guide, and an extensive catalogue of the sixth season's intertextual
references and allusions"—Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television"—
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