Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality

Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality

by Jonathan Gray
     
 

Using our favorite 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. In this book, Jonathan Gray brings together textual theory, discussions of television and the public sphere, and ideas of parody and comedy. As a study, including… See more details below

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Using our favorite 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. In this book, Jonathan Gray brings together textual theory, discussions of television and the public sphere, and ideas of parody and comedy. As a study, 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, ads, and the news - and on how it holds the potential to short-circuit these genres' meanings, power, and effects by provoking reinterpretations and offering more media literate recontextualizations.

Through examining television and media studies theory, the text of The Simpsons, and the show's audience, Gray attempts to fully situate the show's parodic humor within the lived realities of its audiences. In doing so, he further explores the possibilities for popular entertainment television - and particularly comedy - to discuss issues of political and social importance.

About the Author:
Jonathan Gray is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415362030
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
Comedia Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Intertextuality and the study of texts19
2Domesticom parody, genre, and critical intertextuality43
3The logic of television and ad parody69
4News parody and the public sphere94
5Parody and/as interpretive community119
6'The Simpsons attitude'142

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