"This lively collection of essays about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend encapsulates how and why the postmodern-madcap t.v. series captivated viewers through its cringe-inducing comedy and parodic musical videos.. . .This book offers fans, students, and scholars some much needed help navigating the contrapuntally hysterical and profound depths, eddies, and undertows beneath the series’ intriguingly complex methods of re-presentation."—Anna Froula, East Carolina University
With an off-putting title and a decidedly retrograde premise, the CW dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a surprising choice for critical analysis. But, loyal viewers quickly came to appreciate the show’s sharp cultural critique through masterful parody, and this strategy has made it a critical darling and earned it several awards throughout its run. In ways not often seen on traditional network television, the show transcends conventional genre boundaries—the Hollywood musical, the romantic comedy, the music video—while resisting stereotypes associated with contemporary life.
The essays in this collection underscore the show’s ability to distinguish itself within the current television market. Focusing on themes of feminism, gender identity, and mental health, contributors explore the ways in which the show challenged viewer expectations, as well as the role television critics play in identifying a show’s “authenticity” or quality.
Amanda Konkle is assistant professor of film studies and English at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong campus in Savannah, Georgia. She is the author of Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe.
Charles Burnetts teaches film in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Kings University College at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Improving Passions: Sentimental Aesthetics and American Film.
6 x 9, 320 pages, 1 black and white illustrations