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Overview

Collection of scholarly essays on the wildly popular Comedy Central show.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This collection is sure to get South Park fans thinking a little deeper. The articles are both well written and readable. You know, I think I learned something today!” — Robert Arp, editor of South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today

“This book is a serious and thoughtful effort at a scholarly analysis of South Park, and it makes an important contribution in beginning a scholarly dialogue on this influential and often controversial show.” — John Alberti, author of Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791475652
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock is Associate Professor of English at Central Michigan University and the author of several books, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Spectral America: Phantoms and the National Imagination.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Taking South Park Seriously
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Part One The Pleasures of South Park

1. “Bigger Longer & Uncut”: South Park and the Carnivalesque
Alison Halsall

2. The Pleasures of South Park (An Experiment in Media Erotics)
Brian L. Ott

3. Orphic Persuasions and Siren Seductions: Vocal Music in South Park
Jason Boyd and Marc R. Plamondon

4. “Simpsons Did It”: South Park as Differential Signifier
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Part Two Identity Politics

5. Freud Goes to South Park: Teaching against Postmodern Prejudices and Equal Opportunity Hatred
Robert Samuels

6. Cynicism and Other Postideological Half Measures in South Park
Stephen Groening

7. Shopping at J-Mart with the Williams: Race, Ethnicity, and Belonging in South Park
Lindsay Coleman

Part Three South Park Conservatives?

8. “I Hate Hippies”: South Park and the Politics of Generation X
Matt Becker

9. South Park Heretics: Confronting Orthodoxy through Theater of the Absurd
Randall Fallows

10. Prophetic Profanity: South Park on Religion or Thinking Theologically with Eric Cartman
Michael W. DeLashmutt and Brannon Hancock

Part Four Specific Critiques

11. “You Know, I Learned Something Today . . .”: Cultural Pedagogy and the Limits of Formal Education in South Park
James Rennie

12. “Omigod, It’s Russell Crowe!”: South Park’s Assault on Celebrity
Damion Sturm

List of Episodes Cited

South Park Complete Episode Guide, Seasons 1–11

List of Contributors
Index

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