TV hit THE SOPRANOS is a cultural phenomenon “equivalent to the Beatles and
Shakespeare”, according to a group of academics traveling to New York this
month to analyze the show.
Professors from 60 countries will descend on Manhattan’s Fordham University
this month (22-25May08) to dissect the show in a conference entitled The
Sopranos: A Wake.
They will examine the show’s role in popular culture and the messages it
delivers regarding issues such as gender; parenthood; ethnicity; race and
And Paul Levinson, from Fordham University, insists The Sopranos’ place in
history should not be underestimated.
He says, “The Sopranos is the equivalent of the Beatles, or Shakespeare, of a
great piece of fiction which redound through the ages.”