Watching with The Simpsons

Watching with The Simpsons

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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 televisiona€™s key genres - the sitcom, adverts and the news - and on how it holds the potential to short-circuit these genrea€™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 showa€™s audience, Gray attempts to fully situate the showa€™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.Pseudonym Gender Age Nationality Education* Al Male 28 English-Canadian Masters Alyson Female 27 American ... 31 Greek-Canadian Masters Daphne Female 33 South African PhD student Eric Male 33 Australian PhD Harold Male 35anbsp;...


Title:Watching with The Simpsons
Author: Jonathan Gray
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-10-12
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