'Breaking Bad' Contracts: Bargaining for Masculinity in Popular Culture

36 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2019

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Lenora P. Ledwon

St. Thomas University - School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

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'

Suggested Citation

Ledwon, Lenora P., 'Breaking Bad' Contracts: Bargaining for Masculinity in Popular Culture (2017). 23 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 397 (2017), St. Thomas University School of Law (Florida) Research Paper No. 2019-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3490895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3490895

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