A Tale of Two Cities: Los Angeles as “The Other” in “Sex and the City”

By Beatriz Oria.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Very few contemporary TV series allot greater importance to its location than Sex and the City does. Not in vain, the “City” is explicitly mentioned in the show’s title, coming only second after “sex”. This article aims to explore the series’ representation of New York as a blissful city to live in. With this purpose, it draws a comparison with Los Angeles, which is presented as New York’s natural flip-side. This article will explore how the opposition established by the series between Los Angeles and New York serves to present the latter as a cosy home in contrast with the West Coast’s “hostile” environment. The City of Angels is thus turned into a trope, a symbolic “Other” against which New York is better defined as a haven for culture, freedom and authenticity.

Keywords: Sex and the City, New York, Los Angeles, Representation, Television

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.277-284. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 899.270KB).

Dr. Beatriz Oria

Lecturer, English Studies Department, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

Beatriz Oria is a lecturer in the Department of English, University of Zaragoza (Spain), where she teaches film analysis. She is a member of a research group on cinema and cultural studies. Her PhD dissertation analyzes HBO’s TV series “Sex and the City” from a generic perspective.


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