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Erin Bell & Cheryl D. Edelson 
The Interior Landscapes of Breaking Bad 

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Already acknowledged by Metacritic and the Guinness World Records as the highest-rated series in the history of television,
Breaking Bad
has elicited an unprecedented amount of criticism. Writers both popular and academic, columnists as well as eager commenters, have addressed every imaginable topic, from the show’s characterization and major scenes, to fine details such as Walt’s knack for picking up habits from those he kills, and the symbolism inherent within the cars that characters own.

This book considers another perspective, one relatively unexplored to date. By considering the series from the perspective of its interior spaces, two possibilities emerge. Firstly, the spaces become a tangible record of their characters’ inner lives, one that provides something like an objective correlative or photographic negative of their thought processes and approach to the world. They provide more, and richer ways to trace the course of character, action, and themes throughout the series. Secondly,
Breaking Bad
’s spaces are not simply acted upon or within: they interact with characters as well. Interpreted through the theories of Judith Butler, Michel de Certeau, and many others, the series’ homes, labs, RVs and elevators take on new significance.

The collection plumbs the interior spaces of
Breaking Bad
from many angles. Ultimately, these diverse perspectives enrich an appreciation for the series and its innovative handling of interiors (both literal and metaphorical). They also suggest new ways of reading the series, ensuring it can continue to be explored by academics, students, and fans well into the future.
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Table of Content

Introduction: ‘There’s No Replacement for Displacement’
Cheryl D. Edelson

Part I: Outside In
Chapter 1:
“We’ve Got Rot:” Water, Pollution, Purification, and Transformation in
Breaking Bad

Erin Bell
Chapter 2:
Breaking Free: Confinement and AMC’s
Breaking Bad

Matthew Paproth
Chapter 3:




“I am the danger:” Walter White the Gravedigger
Will Gray
Chapter 4:
Jesse’s House is Not a Home: Space, Place, and the Myth of the Private Domicile in
Breaking Bad

Dana Och
Chapter 5:
Capital Flow and the Representation of Space in
Breaking Bad

Marco Bohr

Part II: Inside Out
Chapter 6:
Cooking up Trouble: Gendered Spaces, Sublimated Violence, and Perverted
Domesticity in
Breaking Bad

Elizabeth Lowry
Chapter 7:
An Elevator of One’s Own: Performativity and Masculinity in
Breaking Bad

Frances Smith
Chapter 8:
The Myth of the Frontier in
Breaking Bad
: Breaking Out, Breaking In, and Breaking Free
Lisa Weckerle
Chapter 9:
The Sound of a Moral Drama
Tyler Mc Cabe
Chapter 10:
Reading Rooms: Spatial Literacy in
Breaking Bad

Fabio L. Vericat

Coda: Desert Interiors: The Natural Conceits of
Breaking Bad

Russell A. Potter

About the author

Erin Bell
is assistant professor of English at Baker College in Allen Park, Michigan.
Cheryl D. Edelson
is professor of English at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Will Gray
holds a PhD in literature from the University of St Andrews.
Matt Paproth
is associate professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Language English ● Format EPUB ● Pages 208 ● ISBN 9781498597906 ● File size 0.9 MB ● Editor Erin Bell & Cheryl D. Edelson ● Publisher Lexington Books ● City Lanham ● Country US ● Published 2019 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 6995539 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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