Forum Theme 1
When the enormously popular HBO TV series The Sopranos first premiered in 1999, it shared a core plot element with a film released about the same time, Analyze This, also successful and popular enough to later spawn a sequel, Analyze That. 1 They both revolve around the central image of a Mafia boss seeing a psychotherapist. This essay focuses on The Sopranos, and uses references to the contemporaneous Analyze This to bolster its case that a generational shift in images of masculinity is illustrated here. This essay draws exclusively on the first season of The Sopranos in order to isolate a specific moment in the evolution of the cultural zeitgeist.
©2006 Harry Brod
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"The Sorry Sons of The Godfather: Intertextuality, Orality and Diminished Masculinities in The Sopranos,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 2:
2, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol2/iss2/14