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Article: 'This is Our City': Realism and the Sentimentality of Place in David Simon's The Wire

Title'This is Our City': Realism and the Sentimentality of Place in David Simon's The Wire
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherIntellect Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/ppjournals.php?issn=14660407
Citation
European Journal of American Culture, 2015, v. 34 n. 3, p. 193-209 How to Cite?
AbstractDrawing upon theories of aesthetic realism, this article argues that The Wire develops a tension between the kind of representative typicality characteristic of realism and the exchangeability of laborers and goods in a capitalist system. By developing this tension, The Wire offers a nuanced critique of the ways in which capitalism renders individuals and geographical places as interchangeable placeholders, like pawns in a game of chess. The Wire’s use of realism retains the individualism of person and place, even as these figures represent something more than themselves in the fictional space of the show. I conclude by arguing that The Wire’s realism is mingled with an affective sentimentality associated with the idea of Baltimore.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/211657
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101

 

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dc.contributor.authorValdez, JR-
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-21T02:06:52Z-
dc.date.available2015-07-21T02:06:52Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal of American Culture, 2015, v. 34 n. 3, p. 193-209-
dc.identifier.issn1466-0407-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/211657-
dc.description.abstractDrawing upon theories of aesthetic realism, this article argues that The Wire develops a tension between the kind of representative typicality characteristic of realism and the exchangeability of laborers and goods in a capitalist system. By developing this tension, The Wire offers a nuanced critique of the ways in which capitalism renders individuals and geographical places as interchangeable placeholders, like pawns in a game of chess. The Wire’s use of realism retains the individualism of person and place, even as these figures represent something more than themselves in the fictional space of the show. I conclude by arguing that The Wire’s realism is mingled with an affective sentimentality associated with the idea of Baltimore.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherIntellect Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/ppjournals.php?issn=14660407-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of American Culture-
dc.title'This is Our City': Realism and the Sentimentality of Place in David Simon's The Wire-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailValdez, JR: jvaldez@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityValdez, JR=rp01975-
dc.identifier.doi10.1386/ejac.34.3.193_1-
dc.identifier.hkuros245755-

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