Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture / Edition 1

Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture / Edition 1

by David L. G. Arnold, Douglas Rushkoff, Duncan Stewart Beard, John Alberti, Kevin J. H. Dettmar
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814328490

ISBN-13: 9780814328491

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

Since its first appearance as a series of cartoon vignettes in 1987 and its debut as a weekly program in 1990, The Simpsons has had multiple, even contradictory, media identities. Although the show has featured biting political and social satire, which often proves fatal to mass public acceptance, The Simpsons entered fully into the mainstream, consistently earning

Overview

Since its first appearance as a series of cartoon vignettes in 1987 and its debut as a weekly program in 1990, The Simpsons has had multiple, even contradictory, media identities. Although the show has featured biting political and social satire, which often proves fatal to mass public acceptance, The Simpsons entered fully into the mainstream, consistently earning high ratings from audiences and critics alike.

Leaving Springfield addresses the success of The Simpsons as a corporate-manufactured show that openly and self-reflexively parodies the very consumer capitalism it simultaneously promotes. By exploring such topics as the impact of the show’s satire on its diverse viewing public and the position of The Simpsons in sitcom and television animation history, the commentators develop insights into the ways parody intermixes with mass media to critique post modern society.

In spite of the longevity and high cultural profile of the show, The Simpsons has so far attracted only scattered academic attention. Leaving Springfield will be of importance to both scholars of media and fans of the show interested in the function of satire in popular culture in general and television in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814328491
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
320,677
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
"Use a Pen, Sideshow Bob": The Simpsons and the Threat of High Culture1
Commodity Culture and Its Discontents: Mr. Bennett, Bart Simpson, and the Rhetoric of Modernism29
The Simpsons and Hanna-Barbera's Animation Legacy63
Countercultural Literacy: Learning Irony with The Simpsons85
Homer Erectus: Homer Simpson As Everyman ... and Every Woman107
Who Wants Candy? Disenchantment in The Simpsons137
Myth or Consequences: Ideological Fault Lines in The Simpsons172
"So Television's Responsible!": Oppositionality and the Interpretive Logic of Satire and Censorship in The Simpsons and South Park197
Looking for Amanda Hugginkiss: Gay Life on The Simpsons225
Releasing the Hounds: The Simpsons As Anti-Nuclear Satire244
Local Satire with a Global Reach: Ethnic Stereotyping and Cross-Cultural Conflicts in The Simpsons273
Bart Simpson: Prince of Irreverence292
List of Episodes Cited303
The Simpsons Complete Episode Guide, Seasons 1-13309
About the Contributors327
Index331

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