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Pavel Rodkin. Endless Narrative. Hermeneutics of the Series

Endless Narrative. Hermeneutics of the Series

Rodkin, P. (2019). Endless Narrative. Hermeneutics of the Series. Moscow: Sovpadenie. 256 p. (In Russ.). [Rod'kin, P. (2019). Beskonechnyj narrativ. Germenevtika seriala. Moskva: Sovpadenie.].

The study is devoted to the hermeneutics of the series, as the most important component of modern cultural industries and media production in the framework of their philosophical, sociological and cultural-political analysis and interpretation. The research material was more than 60 series and more than 80 thematically related films. Series are considered as analytical models of various conditions: power, society, future, everyday life, apocalypse, metaphysics, politics, war, sex, madness, etc. The book will be interesting to everyone who deals with the phenomenon of mass culture and mass consciousness in the XXI century.

Language: Russian

Design: Pavel Rodkin

Paperback: 256 pages

Size: 145x205 mm.

ISBN 9785903060030

© Rodkin, P., 2019

© Publishing house "Sovpadenie", 2019


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100: Dialectic of the apocalypse

Blood Drive: Power madness in a post-apocalyptic world

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Canceled history of T-800

Gotham: Batman is awakened by mutants

Misfits: Social experiment with superpowers

Game of Thrones: The Great Wall as the foundation of power

The Handmaid's Tale: Antisexual dictatorships of the future

Shameless: Carnival of poverty

Breaking Bad: The collapse of the middle class

House of Cards: They killed Frank Underwood

Lost: The pointless metaphysics of capitalism

The investigation is conducted by "ZnaToKi": Pal Palych Znamensky and ordinary soviet people

Sherlock: The loneliness of Watson

MANIAC: Your reality is your rules

Westworld: Where does the Matrix begin?

Black Mirror: Notes on the difficult transition

Supplement: Star Wars Disney era — old must die




Endless Narrative. Hermeneutics of the Series

We are embarrassed to admit that we watch TV shows, unless we are talking about what is declared an outstanding work, but we all watch them. And this is no coincidence: it is in the series that the most acceptable and promising models of behavior are shown to us, and the social collisions that we may encounter, and relationships in groups of different structure and composition. And, yes, it is in the series that they show us the future, the near and distant. And we ... We, voluntary or involuntary viewers, reproduce what we saw in TV shows, in our life, without admitting this to ourselves or to others. Pavel Rodkin's book is valuable precisely because it describes those "symbols" and "hidden models" that we perceive from the TV series at the subconscious level, in quite understandable language. The work convincingly shows that serials are the most important tool for shaping the public "agenda", and not in the elite strata, but among those who, depending on the situation, become a "voter", "consumer", "worker", that is, the basis of those socially-economic and socio-political processes that make society out of society and the state out of the state. And what evolutions have been made by the "desirable social models" in recent years — this book is also about how the series have changed, and we have changed with them, moving from the euphoria of the boundless, truly cosmic globalization to heavy thoughts about the future of man and the complexity of modern and the future world. Therefore, Pavel Rodkin's book is not only about how the series changed, but also about how we changed together with them.

Dmitry Evstafiev

There are critically more TV series than critical books about them. So much so that the viewer is sometimes deprived of the full opportunity to extract maximum pleasure from the series. This world needs a new guide! The new book by Pavel Rodkin, prepared as a continuation of the book on ideology in modern cinema, is itself a kind of episode of the series — one that provides a real lesson in perverse pleasure, showing how the audience turns from active subjects of viewing into passive objects of ideological manipulation. Just as video pornography shapes contemporary sexual sensibility, so does mainstream television shape public consciousness. The new ideological winter is too close for us to continue to sit and watch our favorite TV shows.

Vyacheslav Danilov


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