1st Edition

Political Pathologies from The Sopranos to Succession Prestige TV and the Contradictions of the “Liberal” Class

By Robert Samuels Copyright 2023
    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    Political Pathologies from The Sopranos to Succession argues that highly praised prestige TV shows reveal the underlying fantasies and contradictions of uppermiddle-class political centrists.

    Through a psychoanalytic interpretation of The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, The Wire, House of Cards, Dexter, Game of Thrones, and Succession, Robert Samuels uncovers how moderate “liberals” have helped to produce and maintain the libertarian Right. Samuels’ analysis explores the difference between contemporary centrists and the foundations of liberal democracy, exposing the myth of the “liberal media” and considers the consequences of these celebrated series, including the undermining of trust in modern liberal democratic institutions. Political Pathologies from The Sopranos to Succession contributes to a greater understanding of the ways media and political ideology can circulate on a global level through the psychopathology of class consciousness.

    This book will be of great interest to academics and scholars considering intersections of psychoanalytic studies, television studies, and politics.

    1. Introduction
    2. The Sopranos: Make TV Elite Again
    3. Breaking Bad: From Walter White to the Alt-Right
    4. The Wire and the Death of Liberal Institutions
    5. House of Cards and the Fall of the Liberal Class
    6. Dexter: Artistic Violence as Class Distinction
    7. Game of Thrones: Climate Change, Gender Wars, and the Fictionalized Past
    8. Conclusion: Succession and the Metafictional Political Present



    Robert Samuels, PhD, holds doctorates in Psychoanalysis and English and teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.