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This digital lecture for the "gymnasiale Oberstufe" gives an in-depth view about The Simpsons and its portrayal of the USA.

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The Simpsons and American Society – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Donut (digital)

Master Class for Students / Free digital admission / Register at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de

 

This lecture for the Oberstufe only will take place online via Zoom.

 

For once, Homer is wrong. Since its inception over 30 years ago, the Simpsons television cartoon show has not only become one of the most iconic products of American popular culture, it is also the most famous and relevant satire of American society, culture, politics, and life in general. While the show works even on its most superficial level as slapstick comedy, every episode is full of allusions to popular culture, history, politics, religion and philosophy that often only become apparent on the second (or third, or fourth) viewing.

The Simpsons has commented on everything from American democracy, immigration, feminism, class warfare, racism, and gun control to evangelical Christianity and life after death. No celebrity can really be considered famous until he or she had a guest appearance on the show.

This talk will focus on some relevant (and funny) examples of how to read the Simpsons as social and political satire. Don’t have a cow, man!



Speaker: Dr. Markus Hünemörder, LMU




Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations



Contact: Sarah Martin



(Photo: Homer Graffiti © Spital_Emmental pixabay.com)

 

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