David Simon’s American City

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Mikkel Jensen
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David Simon’s American City is the first comprehensive study of showrunner David Simon’s productions, devoting a full chapter to each of Simon’s series. The book examines the much studied The Wire but, crucially, also looks beyond this serial in order to explore the other aspects of urban America that Simon has presented in serials like Show Me a Hero and The Deuce. Zooming in on Simon’s depiction of urban realities in contemporary American society, the book explores how each of his serials offers distinct takes on the American city but the book also shows how Simon’s works articulate a sustained and intricate exploration of urban problems in America. This volume traces the urban through-line in Simon’s work and shows how his oeuvre coheres as a whole in its exploration of current social issues in the American city.

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