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Watching Sympathetic Perpetrators on Italian Television

Gomorrah and Beyond

  • Dana Renga
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About this book

Introduction

This book offers the first comprehensive study of recent, popular Italian television. Building on work in American television studies, audience and reception theory, and masculinity studies, Sympathetic Perpetrators and their Audiences on Italian Television examines how and why viewers are positioned to engage emotionally with—and root for—Italian television antiheroes. Italy’s most popular exported series feature alluring and attractive criminal antiheroes, offer fictionalized accounts of historical events or figures, and highlight the routine violence of daily life in the mafia, the police force, and the political sphere. Renga argues that Italian broadcasters have made an international name for themselves by presenting dark and violent subjects in formats that are visually pleasurable and, for many across the globe, highly addictive. Taken as a whole, this book investigates what recent Italian perpetrator television can teach us about television audiences, and our viewing habits and preferences.

Keywords

drama reception theory audience masculinity mafia antihero politics TV criminality American television serial

Authors and affiliations

  • Dana Renga
    • 1
  1. 1.The Department of French and ItalianThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11503-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11502-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11503-6
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