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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Analysing Breaking Bad

4th December 2017, 17:30 to 18:45, Elvet Riverside 157, Daniel Grausam, James Smith, Sam Thomas

Breaking Bad is commonly regarded to be one of the greatest television dramas of all time. In this seminar Durham researchers will discuss how their current projects intersect with a variety of the show's themes.

DANIEL GRAUSAM will discuss how Breaking Bad explains contemporary American television’s uncanny fascination with the legacies of the nuclear age.
JAMES SMITH will look at how Breaking Bad engages with the practices and politics of surveillance, and will examine how the show debates the possibilities for 'escape and evasion' in the digital era.
SAM THOMAS will discuss the show's investment in a sense of place and region, such as border politics in the specific context of contemporary New Mexico, as well as how Breaking Bad transforms aspects of the Western genre.
The seminar is open to all and free to attend, and there will be a chance for Q&A and discussion. It is organised by Durham's Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures.

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