Taking South Park Seriously

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-04
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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"Since it came on the air in 1997, Comedy Central's top-rated animated program, South Park, has been criticized for its crude, scatological humor and political insensitivity. However, the program also fearlessly wades into the morass of American political life as it tackles and satirizes all American sacred cows, including "political correctness," the value of celebrities, ideas about childhood, and the role of religion in American life. In the process, South Park raises provocative and timely questions about politics, identity, and the media's influence in shaping American thinking." "Taking South Park Seriously brings together scholars who explore the broader implications of South Park's immense popularity by examining the program's politics, aesthetics, and cultural impact. Topics covered include the pleasures of watching the show, South Park's relationship to other animated programs, and the program's representations of racial and ethnic minorities, the disabled, celebrities, children, religion, and education. This book will be of interest not only to communications and cultural studies scholars, but to anyone who has ever laughed along with Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Taking South Park Seriouslyp. 1
The Pleasures of South Park
"Bigger Longer & Uncut": South Park and the Carnivalesquep. 23
The Pleasures of South Park (An Experiment in Media Erotics)p. 39
Orphic Persuasions and Siren Seductions: Vocal Music in South Parkp. 59
"Simpsons Did It": South Park as Differential Signifierp. 79
Identity Politics
Freud Goes to South Park: Teaching against Postmodern Prejudices and Equal Opportunity Hatredp. 99
Cynicism and Other Postideological Half Measures in South Parkp. 113
Shopping at J-Mart with the Williams: Race, Ethnicity, and Belonging in South Parkp. 131
South Park Conservatives?
"I Hate Hippies": South Park and the Politics of Generation Xp. 145
South Park Heretics: Confronting Orthodoxy through Theater of the Absurdp. 165
Prophetic Profanity: South Park on Religion or Thinking Theologically with Eric Cartrnanp. 173
Specific Critiques
"You Know, I Learned Something Today...": Cultural Pedagogy and the Limits of Formal Education in South Parkp. 195
"Omigod, It's Russell Crowe!": South Park's Assault on Celebrityp. 209
List of Episodes Citedp. 227
South Park Complete Episode Guide, Seasons 1-11p. 233
List of Contributorsp. 243
Indexp. 247
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