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Mediating the real: Treme’s activated aesthetic

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posted on 11.12.2019, 14:56 by Katie Moylan
This article explores how Treme (HBO 2010–2013) deploys reflexive aesthetic strategies to produce a critique of governmental and municipal corruption and negligence following Hurricane Katrina. Set and filmed in New Orleans, Treme negotiates additional complex layers given that many events referenced are real. The series reworks normative representations of New Orleans typified by an overdetermined authenticity in a reflexive interrogation of recent experience and historical memory. I argue Treme develops an ‘activated aesthetic’ through two textual strategies: opening credit sequences and ‘televisual moments’, mobilising these aesthetic devices to develop a complex, explicitly politicised representation of post-Katrina New Orleans.

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Citation

Critical Studies in Television, 2019, 14 (3), pp. 307-321

Author affiliation

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies

Volume

14

Issue

3

Pagination

307 - 321

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

1749-6020

eissn

1749-6039

Copyright date

2019

Available date

11/12/2019

Publisher version

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1749602019854366

Language

en

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