Caroline Levine argues that Jason Mittell’s attempts to classify The Wire by genre results in “some slippery logic, some fruitful and provocative but not altogether persuasive argumentative moves in Mittell’s own game.” She suggests that examining the show through the lens of form - not genre - clarifies why it warrants comparisons with texts like Bleak House: both works attempt to represent the distinctly networked quality of urban social life.
Author: Caroline Levine
Caroline Levine is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She's the author of two books: The Serious Pleasures of Suspense (winner of the 2004 Perkins Prize for the best book in narrative studies) and Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts. She is now at work on a book to be called Strategic Formalism: Shape, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network.