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Breaking Down Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives ed. by Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel (review)

Breaking Down Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives ed. by Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel (review) Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel, eds., Breaking Down Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2016. 209 pp. Cloth, $55. If you don’t consider binge- watching TV one of your favorite pas- times, the fact that four critical Breaking Bad anthologies now ex- ist may seem overkill. But before you begin eulogizing the cultural preferences of the moment, consider the well- earned popularity of the AMC show: a 2013 Guinness World Record as the highest rated TV series; a plethora of awards; and recurring designation as “the best show ever” by fans, critics, and scholars alike. Th e editors of the newest book covering Breaking Bad assure readers that this compendium both builds upon its predecessors and off ers fresh perspectives. Breaking Down Breaking Bad is also the fi rst work to emanate from the West— specifi cally, New Mexico, where the series was set and fi lmed. Beyond publication location, the book centers itself in the West by including articles from fi ve scholars at western universities, several of whom critically examine setting. Editors Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel explain how New Mexico’s characteristics— desert landscape, proximity to the Mex- ican border, and notoriety for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Breaking Down Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives ed. by Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 52 (4) – Feb 9, 2018

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The Western Literature Association
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Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel, eds., Breaking Down Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2016. 209 pp. Cloth, $55. If you don’t consider binge- watching TV one of your favorite pas- times, the fact that four critical Breaking Bad anthologies now ex- ist may seem overkill. But before you begin eulogizing the cultural preferences of the moment, consider the well- earned popularity of the AMC show: a 2013 Guinness World Record as the highest rated TV series; a plethora of awards; and recurring designation as “the best show ever” by fans, critics, and scholars alike. Th e editors of the newest book covering Breaking Bad assure readers that this compendium both builds upon its predecessors and off ers fresh perspectives. Breaking Down Breaking Bad is also the fi rst work to emanate from the West— specifi cally, New Mexico, where the series was set and fi lmed. Beyond publication location, the book centers itself in the West by including articles from fi ve scholars at western universities, several of whom critically examine setting. Editors Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel explain how New Mexico’s characteristics— desert landscape, proximity to the Mex- ican border, and notoriety for

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Published: Feb 9, 2018

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