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

Author:   Robin Andersen
Publisher:   Lexington Books
ISBN:  

9781498519915


Pages:   222
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Format:   Paperback
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HBO's Treme and the Stories of the Storm: From New Orleans as Disaster Myth to Groundbreaking Television


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This book analyses the HBO program Treme from multiple perspectives and argues that the series' depictions of music, culture, cuisine, and identity are innovative and represent unique televisual storytelling strategies. The location, themes, and characters create a compelling story arc, and highlight the city's culture and cuisine, jazz musicians and musical performances, and Mardi Gras Indians. The program challenges initial reporting of Hurricane Katrina and in doing so rewrites the disaster myth coverage through which the city has been framed. Recommended for scholars of communication, media studies, music studies, and cultural studies.

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Author:   Robin Andersen
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.60cm , Length: 21.90cm
Weight:   0.340kg
ISBN:  

9781498519915


ISBN 10:   1498519911
Pages:   222
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction: Evolving Stories of the Storm Chapter 1- Demonizing the Victims of the Storm: Disaster Myth Coverage of Katrina Chapter 2-Characters on Unstable Ground: Dancing Between Fact and Fiction Chapter 3-What's In A Name? Race and Place on Treme Chapter 4-Mardi Gras Indians: The Spiritual First Responders Chapter 5-Pioneering Televisual Strategies: Music is a Character Chapter 6-Janette's Journey: Food, Culture, Cuisine and Identity Chapter 7-Crime, Race and Police Corruption: News and Investigative Journalism on Treme Chapter 8-Critical Acclaim and the Critics Conclusion: Why Treme Matters Bibliography About the Author

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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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