The Prime-Time Presidency by Trevor Parry-Giles
The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism

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Contrasting strong women and multiculturalism with portrayals of a heroic white male leading the nation into battle, The Prime-Time Presidency explores the NBC drama The West Wing, paying particular attention to its role in promoting cultural meaning about the presidency and U.S. nationalism. Based in a careful, detailed analysis of the "first term" of The West Wing's President Josiah Bartlet, this criticism highlights the ways the text negotiates powerful tensions and complex ambiguities at the base of U.S. national identity--particularly the role of gender, race, and militarism in the construction of U.S. nationalism. Unlike scattered and disparate collections of essays, Trevor Parry-Giles and Shawn J. Parry-Giles offer a sustained, ideologically driven criticism of The West Wing. The Prime-time Presidency presents a detailed critique of the program rooted in presidential history, an appreciation of television's power as a source of political meaning, and television's contribution to the articulation of U.S. national identity.

About Trevor Parry-Giles

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Trevor Parry-Giles is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland and author of the award-winning book The Character of Justice. Shawn J. Parry-Giles is Professor in the Department of Communication, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of the Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership at the University of Maryland.
Published January 27, 2006 by University of Illinois Press. 248 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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