Friday Fun: The Sopranos

Did you know? The last episode of HBO‘s drama The Sopranos aired on June 10th in 2007. Hard to believe it’s been that long. Steven Holden, writing for The New York Times in 1999 said, “”The Sopranos” sustains its hyper-realism with an eye and ear so perfectly attuned to geographic details and cultural and social nuances that it just may be the greatest work of American popular culture of the last quarter century.” Wow.

Cover of book Reading The SopranosDon’t take his word for it! You can watch it again (or for the first time), and you don’t need to subscribe to anything! Andersen Library has all six seasons in the 2nd-floor Browsing DVD Feature Film collection at “call number” SOP (They’re alphabetical by title.). If you really want to learn more, there’s an ebook for you: Reading the Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO (fully online from ebrary, or preview some pages via Google Books). There are articles also, including scholarly articles, such as “Tony Soprano as the American everyman and scoundrel: How The Sopranos (re)presents contemporary middle‐class anxieties” (Journal of Popular Culture, 2014, vol.47:no.3, pp.451-469) and “Waddaya lookin’ at? Re-reading the gangster genre through ‘The Sopranos’” (Film Quarterly, 2002, vol.56:no.2, pp.2-13).

Please ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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