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David Simon’s Novel Cop Show
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature. (ims)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2685-9510
NTNU, Trondheim.
2013 (English)In: New Review of Film and Television Studies, ISSN 1740-0309, E-ISSN 1740-7923, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 133-153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Is the acclaimed HBO series The Wire comparable to (a certain kind of) literature? In this paper we investigate this claim by both situating the series within the tradition of American television and by way of intermedial comparisons. We suggest that comparing The Wire with literature may prove productive. Specifically, we suggest that selected aspects of M.M. Bakhtin's theory of the novel (heteroglossia and chronotopics) are helpful tools in an analysis of this cop show. Our aim is to demonstrate how and why David Simon and Ed Burns' work may be legitimately considered a ‘novel cop show’, which means that, through The Wire, television is able to achieve some of the functions that are often referred to as typical of novelistic discourse.

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Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 133-153
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The Wire, TV, cop show, Bakhtin, crime fiction, novel discourse
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Studies on Film
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Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15816DOI: 10.1080/17400309.2013.771879Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84878232851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-15816DiVA, id: diva2:456586
Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2011-11-15 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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