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The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism Paperback – 22 Mar 2006


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (22 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252073126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252073120
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

Contrasting strong women and multiculturalism with portrayals of a heroic white male leading the nation into battle, The Prime-Time Presidency explores the NBC drama The West Wing, paying particular attention to its role in promoting cultural meaning about the presidency and U.S. nationalism. Based in a careful, detailed analysis of the "first term" of The West Wing's President Josiah Bartlett, this criticism highlights the ways the text negotiates powerful tensions and complex ambiguities at the base of U.S. national identity--particularly the role of gender, race, and militarism in the construction of U.S. nationalism. Unlike scattered and disparate collections of essays, Trevor Parry-Giles and Shawn J. Parry-Giles offer a sustained, ideologically driven criticism of The West Wing. The Prime-time Presidency presents a detailed critique of the program rooted in presidential history, an appreciation of television's power as a source of political meaning, and television's contribution to the articulation of U.S. national identity.

About the Author

Trevor Parry-Giles is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. Shawn J. Parry-Giles is an associate professor of communication and director of the Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. Their past collaborations include Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image_Making in Postmodern Politics.


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