Breaking Bad and American Culture (Special Session, MLA Boston 2013)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael Hardy, Rutgers University; Jesse Hoffman, Rutgers University

Papers on any aspect of the television show Breaking Bad are welcome. Topics may include the treatment of narcotics, violence, landscape, regionalism, Southwestern culture, organized crime, transnationalism, domesticity, gender, the workplace, neoliberalism, or genre. Papers might answer the questions: How does Breaking Bad portray the American family? How can it be situated in the emerging tradition of shows like The Sopranos and The Wire that survey contemporary American life? Submit 300-word abstracts by March 15, 2012.