Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, And Intertextuality by Jonathan GrayWatching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, And Intertextuality by Jonathan Gray

Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, And Intertextuality

byJonathan GrayEditorJonathan Gray

Paperback | December 16, 2005

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Using our favourite Springfield family as a case study,Watching with The Simpsonsexamines 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 howThe Simpsonshas 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 ofThe 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.

Jonathan Gray is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. His research and publications examine television and film textuality, audiences, and entertainment's contribution to the public sphere.
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Title:Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, And IntertextualityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 0.6 inPublished:December 16, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415362024

ISBN - 13:9780415362023

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Reading Through Intertextuality 1. Intertextuality and the Study of Texts Part 2: Watching with the Simpsons 2. Domesticom Parody, Genre, and Critical Intertextuality  3. Ad Parody and The Logic of Television  4. News Parody and the Public SpherePart 3: Talking with the Simpsons  5. Parody and/as Interpretive Community  6 'The Simpsons Attitude'  Conclusion 

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