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Leaving Springfield The Simpsons and the Possiblity of Oppositional Culture

ISBN-10: 0814328490
ISBN-13: 9780814328491
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 12/8/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Bell Hooks was born Gloria Watkins on September 25, 1952. She grew up in a small Southern community that gave her a sense of belonging as well as a sense of racial separation. She has degrees from Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has served as a noted activist and social critic and has taught at numerous colleges. Hooks uses her great-grandmother's name to write under as a tribute to her ancestors. Hooks writes daring and controversial works that explore African-American female identities. In works such as Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism and Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, she points out how feminism works for and against black women. Oppressed since slavery, black women must overcome the dual odds of race and gender discrimination to come to terms with equality and self-worth.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
"Use a Pen, Sideshow Bob": The Simpsons and the Threat of High Culture
Commodity Culture and Its Discontents: Mr. Bennett, Bart Simpson, and the Rhetoric of Modernism
The Simpsons and Hanna-Barbera's Animation Legacy
Countercultural Literacy: Learning Irony with The Simpsons
Homer Erectus: Homer Simpson As Everyman ... and Every Woman
Who Wants Candy? Disenchantment in The Simpsons
Myth or Consequences: Ideological Fault Lines in The Simpsons
"So Television's Responsible!": Oppositionality and the Interpretive Logic of Satire and Censorship in The Simpsons and South Park
Looking for Amanda Hugginkiss: Gay Life on The Simpsons
Releasing the Hounds: The Simpsons As Anti-Nuclear Satire
Local Satire with a Global Reach: Ethnic Stereotyping and Cross-Cultural Conflicts in The Simpsons
Bart Simpson: Prince of Irreverence
List of Episodes Cited
The Simpsons Complete Episode Guide, Seasons 1-13
About the Contributors
Index

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