Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality / Edition 1

Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality / Edition 1

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by Jonathan Gray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415362024

ISBN-13: 9780415362023

Pub. Date: 12/16/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Using our favourite Springfield family as a case study, Watching with The Simpsons examines the textual and social role of parody in offering critical commentary on other television programs and genres.

Jonathan Gray brings together textual theory, discussions of television and the public sphere, and ideas of parody and comedy. Including primary audience

Overview

Using our favourite Springfield family as a case study, Watching with The Simpsons examines the textual and social role of parody in offering critical commentary on other television programs and genres.

Jonathan Gray brings together textual theory, discussions of television and the public sphere, and ideas of parody and comedy. Including primary audience research, it focuses on how The Simpsons has been able to talk back to three of television’s key genres - the sitcom, adverts and the news - and on how it holds the potential to short-circuit these genre’s meanings, power, and effects by provoking reinterpretations and offering more media literate recontextualizations.

Examining television and media studies theory, the text of The Simpsons, and the show’s audience, Gray attempts to fully situate the show’s parody and humour within the lived realities of its audiences. In doing so, he further explores the possibilities for popular entertainment television to discuss issues of political and social importance.

A must read for any student of media studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415362023
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/16/2005
Series:
Comedia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
875,771
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Reading through intertextuality     17
Intertextuality and the study of texts     19
Watching with The Simpsons     41
Domesticom parody, genre, and critical intertextuality     43
The logic of television and ad parody     69
News parody and the public sphere     94
Talking with The Simpsons     117
Parody and/as interpretive community     119
'The Simpsons attitude'     142
Conclusion     169
Appendix     174
Notes     176
Bibliography     179
Index     195

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Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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