Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear by (Reading Contemporary Television) (Paperback)
Apart from its brilliance as television, it's amazing what "Deadwood" gets away with. This acclaimed series from HBO, which premiered in 2004, is set in the teeming outlaw camp of 'Deadwood'. It has been described by "Variety" as 'a vulgar, gritty, at times downright nasty take on the Old West brimming with all the dark genius that series creator and sceenwriter extraordinaire David Milch has at his fingertips'. All this and more. The international cast of authoritative contributors assess "Deadwood's" many facets: its profane language, its characters, from Al Swearengen (who lives up to his name) and Calamity Jane, to B.B. Farnham and Mr. Wu, its place in the western genre, "Deadwood" and serial fiction, prostitution, the making of American civil society, "Deadwood's" Chinese, the opening credits, Reverend Smith and much more. Episode and character guides complete the book - the "Deadwood" companion for fans and students to swear by.
David Lavery is Chair in Film and TV at Brunel University in London, co-editor of the online journal Slayage and a founding editor of Critical Studies in Television. His books include Reading The Sopranos (I.B.Tauris 2006) and volumes on Twin Peaks, X-Files, Seinfeld and My So Called Life.