HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power

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Victoria McCollum, Giuliana Monteverde
Routledge, May 15, 2018 - Social Science - 224 pages

This book constitutes the first major exploration of HBO's current programming, examined in the context of the transformation of American television and global society. With studies of well-known shows such as Game of Thrones, Girls, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, True Detective, The Looking, Ballers and Vinyl, authors examine the trends in current programming, including the rise of queer characters, era-defining comedy, reinvented fantasy series, and the content’s new awareness of gender, sexuality and family dysfunction.

Interdisciplinary and international in scope, HBO’s New and Original Voices explores the sociocultural and political role and impact that HBO's current programmes have held and the ways in which it has translated and reinterpreted social discourses into its own televisual language. A significant intervention in television studies, media studies and cultural studies, this book illuminates the emergence of a new era of culturally relevant television that fans, students, and researchers will find lively, accessible and fascinating.


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About the author (2018)

Victoria McCollum is Lecturer in Cinematic Arts in the School of Creative Arts and Technologies at Ulster University and has previously held positions at the BBC and ITV in Northern Ireland, and has worked for HBO, Time Warner Inc. She is the author of Post-9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural Horror Films in an Era of Urban Terrorism.

Giuliana Monteverde is completing her PhD at Ulster University.

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