"This collection stands both as a fitting tribute to its much-loved subject and as a reflection on the dynamics of popular culture. . . . It's no mean feat to write about comedy in a manner that captures its intellectual weight without destroying its silliness. Led by Konkle and Burnetts, the contributors to Perspectives on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend do so admirably here."—Keri Walsh, author of Women, Method Acting, and the Hollywood Film
"One of the most readable yet theoretically informed essay collections about thought-provoking television that readers are likely to encounter. . . .a collection that deserves to be savored, taught, and revisited by media scholars, students, and fans alike. This is truly Peak Media Writers Writing on Peak TV."—Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Texas State University
"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
"Examining the series through the lenses of genre, fandom, queerness, mental illness, feminism, and more, the authors in this collection highlight the series’ progressive, original, and compelling contributions to contemporary television."—Taylor Nygaard, Faculty Associate at Arizona State 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.
Series: Television and Popular Culture
6 x 9, 344 pages