chapter  8
Incest by goomah/daughter proxy: The Sopranos
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Graves’ take on the Roman Empire’s Julio-Claudian dynasty, with all its incestuous intrigue and interfamilial butchery, was just begging to be revamped. David Chase creates a parallel universe to I Claudius with The Sopranos (1999-), HBO’s prime-time drama of an American-Italian mafia diaspora. Although the Sopranos aren’t as pedigreed as their Julian and Claudian role models, they’re just as ruthless and corrupt. Now in its fifth season at the time of writing this chapter, the series is a fitting companion to Twin Peaks if we approach it from the angle of libidinal chaos and the incest archetype.