'Breaking Bad' Contracts: Bargaining for Masculinity in Popular Culture
23 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 397 (2017)
36 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2019
Date Written: 2017
This Article examines the award-winning television show, Breaking Bad, to illustrate how the idea of a contract in popular culture can become inflected with a style of retrograde masculinity. Deals in Breaking Bad take place in the classic contract imaginary, which resembles the classic Western shootout: two antagonists face each other down in a duel. The show interrogates the frontier thesis, with its links to the American Dream and dangerous masculinities, through the ruthless contracts of Walter White.
"I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."
-Walt Whitman, Song of Myself'
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