The World According to The Simpsons: What Our Favorite TV Family Says About Life, Love, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Donut

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"Keslowitz fixes a serious eye on America's favorite dysfunctional cartoon crew." -Larry McShane, Associated Press
"An accomplished work with many insights to share." -Duncan Dobbelmann, PhD
"...His book of d'oh is a big hit." -New York Daily News

When The Simpsons premiered, many hailed it as a sign of society's decline. And to them we say: D'oh! Instead, The Simpsons has become the smartest and most pointed look at the world we live in-all while becoming everyone's favorite ...

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Overview

"Keslowitz fixes a serious eye on America's favorite dysfunctional cartoon crew." -Larry McShane, Associated Press
"An accomplished work with many insights to share." -Duncan Dobbelmann, PhD
"...His book of d'oh is a big hit." -New York Daily News

When The Simpsons premiered, many hailed it as a sign of society's decline. And to them we say: D'oh! Instead, The Simpsons has become the smartest and most pointed look at the world we live in-all while becoming everyone's favorite TV family.
The World According to The Simpsons is a hilarious and insightful study of what The Simpsons has to say about society, and how society is affected by The Simpsons.
What does Marge say about the state of modern feminism? Are we too obsessed with "Hollywood Jerk" celebrities? Are Americans as great as they think? Is Homer the new industrialized employee? Will no Simpson child be left behind?
No issue is settled until the Simpsons have had their say. So sit back, relax, and explore the wisdom of Springfield and what it means for our society. Or as Homer might say, "Mmm...bookalicious."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402206559
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Keslowitz is a University Scholar in the CUNY Honors College at Brooklyn College. He has presented a number of lectures on The Simpsons and has appeared on NBC's Early Today and Fox 5 News. Steven's writings on The Simpsons have received international recognition, as he has given interviews with radio stations in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. His views on the political and social significance of The Simpsons have been featured in more than five hundred newspapers and other media outlets across four continents, including The Washington Post, NY Daily News, Miami Herald, Toronto Star, CNN.com, Yahoo! Asia, and MSNBC.com. His writing on The Simpsons is required reading for English, Writing, Sociology, and Simpsons courses taught at Tufts University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drury University, Montana State University, and the University of Colorado at Denver, among others.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xv
Introduction 1
Section 1
Chapter 1 The Simpsons and Society 15
Section 2 Character Analyses
Chapter 2 Is Homer a Good Father? 31
Chapter 3 Bart: America's Bad Boy? 43
Chapter 4 Marge: Holding the Family Together 61
Chapter 5 Lisa: True Simpson or Potential College Student? 69
Chapter 6 To Speak or Not to Speak: Maggie Simpson vs. Stewie Griffin 75
Chapter 7 Beyond the Fab Five: A Look at the Supporting Cast 79
Chapter 8 The Simpsons and Other Television Sitcoms: Politics and the Nuclear Family 93
Section 3 The Simpsons and Contemporary Life: The Issues
Chapter 9 Ay Carumba! Simpsonian News and Views 103
Chapter 10 The Simpsons and Globalization 107
Chapter 11 Television, the Typographic Mind, and Selling the Three-Eyed Fish 129
Chapter 12 The Simpsons and American Exceptionalism 149
Chapter 13 Industrialization and the Worker: Homer Simpson as the Industrialized Employee 175
Chapter 14 The Simpsons and Celebrity Culture 187
Chapter 15 Gun Control Legislation and "The Cartridge Family" 197
Chapter 16 Homer Simpson and Morality 207
Chapter 17 The Education of Springfield 213
Conclusion 227
Finale 233
Finding Your "Inner Homer": The Homer Simpson Quiz 235
More on The Simpsons and Society 237
Notes 239
Bibliography 267
The Simpsons Episodes 277
A Special Message to My Nuclear Family 293
Acknowledgments 295
Inspiration for The World According to The Simpsons 297
Index 299
About the Author 301
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