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HBO's Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis

The Mediated Rebirth of New Orleans

Edited by Dominique Gendrin; Catherine Dessinges and Shearon Roberts - Foreword by Dave Walker - Contributions by Gregory Adamo; Aurelie Godet; Wendy Hajjar; Ariane Hudelet; Johnny Jones; Helen Morgan Parmett; Kristin Shamas and Lynnell Thomas

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, outsiders will have two versions of the Katrina experience. One version will be the images they recall from news coverage of the aftermath. The other will be the intimate portrayal of the determination of New Orleans residents to rebuild and recover their lives. HBO’s Treme offers outsiders an inside look into why New Orleanians refused to abandon a place that many questioned should not be rebuilt after the levees failed. This critically acclaimed series expanded the boundaries of television making in its format, plot, casting, use of music, and realism-in-fictionalized-TV. However, Treme is not just a story for the outside gaze on New Orleans. It was a very local, collaborative experience where the show’s creators sought to enlist the city in a commemorative project. Treme allowed many in the city who worked as principals, extras, and who tuned in as avid viewers to heal from the devastation of the disaster as they experimented with art, imitating life, imitating art. This book examines the impact of HBOs Treme not just as television making, but in the sense in which television provides a window to our worlds. The book pulls together scholarship in media, communications, gender, area studies, political economy, critical studies, African American studies and music to explain why Treme was not just about television. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 374Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-4560-0 • Hardback • April 2017 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-1-4985-4561-7 • eBook • April 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
Dominique Gendrin is professor emeritus in communication studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Catherine Dessinges is associate professor in the Department of Information and Communication Studies at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University.

Shearon Roberts is assistant professor of mass communication at Xavier University of Louisiana.
The Times-Picayune
Dominique M. Gendrin, Catherine Dessinges, and Shearon Roberts
Dominique M. Gendrin, Catherine Dessinges, and Shearon Roberts
Treme: Power and Representation
Shearon Roberts
Treme Tourism and Governing the Post-Katrina City - Helen Morgan Parmett
Treme - Lynnell Thomas
Treme - Dominique M. Gendrin
Treme and Its Engaged Audience - Catherine Dessinges
Treme - Kristin Shamas
Treme: Culture and Representation
Treme: Reclaiming the Foundations of Music in Treme - Gregory Adamo
Treme as an Experimental TV Series - Ariane Hudelet
Treme - Aurelie Godet
Treme: Narrative Blackness in the Great American Cable Television Drama - Johnny Jones
Treme - Wendy Hajjar
As a New Orleans native, one of the biggest struggles observed post-Katrina is the battle on behalf of the natives to hold on to the city’s authentic cultural heritage. The writers offer honest perspective and explore the dilemma that results when those who are attracted to what they see on a TV show like Treme attempt to make perception reality by moving to a place like New Orleans and unintentionally eroding the culture they so long to experience in the process. Such critical perspective is long overdue.
Kim M. LeDuff, University of West Florida

This poignant collection of essays succinctly illustrates the juxtaposition between televised historical fiction and the real life struggles of a city trying to regain its footing following one of the worst natural disasters in modern American history. The authors offer compelling analysis of the depiction of post-Katrina New Orleans in David Simon’s 'Treme' and carefully explicate the uniqueness and sometimes ornery culture of the city still learning lessons from the storm. Every scholar of media and cultural studies should read this book. This is social, cultural, and political critique at its very best.
Cheryl Jenkins, University of Southern Mississippi