Perspectives on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Kobo eBook)

Perspectives on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend By Amanda Konkle, Charles Burnetts, David Diffrient, Chelsea McCracken, William Stevenson, Caitlin Ray, Hazel Mackenzie, Kathleen W. Taylor Kollman, Lauren Boumaroun, Margaret Tally, Stephanie Salerno, Christine Prevas, Marija Laugalyte, Bibi Burger, Carel van Rooyen, Christi Cook Cover Image
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With an off-putting title and a decidedly retrograde premise, the CW dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a surprising choice for critical analysis. But, loyal viewers quickly came to appreciate the show’s sharp cultural critique through masterful parody, and this strategy has made it a critical darling and earned it several awards throughout its run. In ways not often seen on traditional network television, the show transcends conventional genre boundaries—the Hollywood musical, the romantic comedy, the music video—while resisting stereotypes associated with contemporary life.

The essays in this collection underscore the show’s ability to distinguish itself within the current television market. Focusing on themes of feminism, gender identity, and mental health, contributors explore the ways in which the show challenged viewer expectations, as well as the role television critics play in identifying a show’s "authenticity" or quality.

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9780815655183
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021