HBO's Treme and the Stories of the Storm: From New Orleans as Disaster Myth to Groundbreaking Television

Author:   Robin Andersen
Publisher:   Lexington Books
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9781498519915


Pages:   222
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Robin Andersen
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
ISBN:  

9781498519915


ISBN 10:   1498519911
Pages:   222
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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A hard, but important truth to tell. This book does it well while going up and down in and out and around the complexities of bewildering complications of forms of communication like New Orleans jazz. -- Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Rutgers University, Professor Emeritus Robin Andersen brings her considerable expertise in social justice, media economics, and cultural analysis to this definitive treatment of HBO's Treme. That fictional series dramatized the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and institutionalized racism on the Black residents of New Orleans. It also celebrated Black families, Black social networks, Black art, Black cuisine, Black English, Black history, and Black music. For all of these reasons, Treme matters to American television, to the struggle for social justice, and to every American committed to liberty and justice for all. That's why Andersen's HBO's Treme and the Stories of the Storm truly matters. -- Eileen R. Meehan, Southern Illinois Univeristy, Carbondale HBO's Treme and the Stories of the Storm positions the show as an important counter-narrative to the Katrina-era mass-media demonization of New Orleanians that drew on ancient prejudices and stereotypes. Producer David Simon and his many collaborators offered a parade of ways to think about New Orleans, brilliantly exploring the city's complicated spaces and making the case for it as the world-class cultural jewel it is-and above all, making the case for its humanity. As the period tracked by Treme fades into history and the show enters the canon, Robin Andersen offers a defense of its achievements, analyzing its complexities and unpacking its themes. Reading it made me want to watch the whole series again. -- Ned Sublette, author of The World That Made New Orleans and The Year Before the Flood


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Robin Andersen is professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University.

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