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Saturday, 9 June 2007

McLemee on James on The Sopranos

In 6 seasons over 10 years, “The Sopranos” has confirmed again and again C.L.R. James’s point about the gangster as an archetypal figure of American society. But the creators have gone far beyond his early insights. I say that with all due respect to James’s memory--and with the firm certainty that he would have been a devoted fan and capable interpreter.

--Scott McLemee, at Inside Higher Ed, explaining how C.L.R. James's American Civilisation can help us understand The Sopranos--yes, really. (I've always been grateful to Scott for his review of Letters from London published in Bookforum in 2003).

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