Conference Contribution Details
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Conn Holohan
Television Crime Drama Symposium
Love/Hate as Lyrical Sociology
Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire
Invited Paper
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27-NOV-14
28-NOV-14
This paper focuses on the construction of space in the RTE crime drama Love/Hate. In particular, it explores the manner in which the home functions as a site of identity-formation and narrative tension within the series. Contextualising its analysis in relation to the history of the gangster genre within American film and television, it argues that Love/Hate largely returns to a conservative vision of the home as refuge which fails to enunciate the complexity of the relationship between the domestic and the violent spaces of the streets. Thus a key theme of the series is the gradual disconnect of the main characters from the possibility of a viable home life, reinforcing a binary spatial imaginary which presupposes an absolute barrier between violence and domesticity and private and public space. Furthermore, this paper extends this analysis into the reception of the series, which frequently seeks to negotiate the relationship between the fictional world of the series and real-life gangland activity in Dublin city. This paper suggests that Love/Hate, along with the popular and critical responses to it, attempts to map a perceptual relationship to the real-life urban and suburban spaces in which gangland violence occurs.
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