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Трудовые отношения, образование и деньги в сериале Girls (HBO)

Логос. 2015. Т. 25. № 3 (105). С. 162-176.

Nowadays the academic environment has a rather shallow representation of the analysis of TV series. The main subject of this article is the analysis of the TV show “Girls” in the context of how the labour market conditions of today are perceived by the Y-generation, their attitude towards the intstitution of education and also the social function of money. The consideration of Girls in this article is not accidental, as this TV show seems to be important in terms of most essential issues of our time, since it was created by twenty-year-olds for their peers. The article discusses the HBO series Girls (2012-), emphasizing the attitude of today’s 20-year-olds towards labor, education and the social function of money. Recently, the references to mass culture products are considered a good form in the academic environment. Nonetheless, the discussion and the analysis of the TV series are still seen as a classroom activity, and have yet to be represented in the scientific magazines. Author attempts the analysis of the Girls TV Show through the contemporary theoretical works, raising the issues of immaterial labor and the issue of whether the education in Humanities is necessary in the XXI century. Apart from referring to the theoretical sources, this article also draws parallels with other TV shows such as How to make it in America (HBO, 2010-2011) and Shameless (Showtime. 2011-), that touch similar problems. In the article, the lines of the main characters are thoroughly analyzed in the context of the labor relationships, their education and the investment in the human capital, provided by their relatives. Author considers questions of this kind worthy of discussion, since they are being raised and put forward by the generation of 20-year-olds in a form of a TV show on a cable television: Girls was created and directed by Lena Dunham, a young woman who also plays the main part in the show. The suggested approach draws the discussion about the TV series beyond the common debates that concern plot lines and acting.