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dc.contributor.authorFeltmate, David Seward 15:26:28 (GMT) 15:26:28 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines religion’s satirical portrayal in The Simpsons. Building upon a sociological theory of humour developed from Peter Berger’s sociological theories of knowledge, religion, and humour, it assesses how The Simpsons criticizes America’s major religious traditions and their social roles. Arguing that the program presents a spectrum of acceptable religious practice, this dissertation demonstrates how The Simpsons constructs its arguments by selectively interpreting each tradition through its most recognizable characteristics and the common sentiments through which those characteristics are interpreted. These “ignorant familiarities” are used as a basis for understanding what Americans presumably know about religion, what is deemed acceptable “religious behaviour” in the public sphere, and what the consequences are for those religions that The Simpsons caricatures.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectPopular Cultureen
dc.subjectSociology of Religionen
dc.subjectThe Simpsonsen
dc.subjectUnited Statesen
dc.subjectSociology of Humouren
dc.titleSpringfield's Sacred Canopy: Religion and Humour in The Simpsonsen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.comment.hiddenIf the key terms are too general, please tell me so I can make them more specific and help more people find my dissertation.en
dc.subject.programReligious Studiesen Studiesen
uws-etd.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen

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