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Drawn to the Gods: Religion and Humor in The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy

by David Feltmate New York University Press
Pub Date:
03/2017
ISBN:
9781479890361
Format:
Pbk 304 pages
Price:
AU$49.99 NZ$53.04
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Dives into a new world of religious satire illuminated through the layers of religion and humor that make up the The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy.  


 


Drawing on the worldviews put forth by three wildly popular animated shows – The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy – David Feltmate demonstrates how ideas about religion’s proper place in American society are communicated through comedy.  The book includes discussion of a wide range of American religions, including Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Native American Religions, New Religious Movements, “Spirituality,” Hinduism, and Atheism. Along the way, readers are shown that jokes about religion are influential tools for teaching viewers how to interpret and judge religious people and institutions.  


 


Feltmate, develops a picture of how each show understands and communicates what constitutes good religious practice as well as which traditions they seek to exclude on the basis of race and ethnicity, stupidity, or danger. Through this examination, an understanding of what it means to each program to be a good religious American becomes clear.


Drawn to the Gods is a book that both fans and scholars will enjoy as they expose the significance of religious satire in these iconic television programs.


 


"Drawn to the Gods is a thorough and comprehensive study... Feltmate’s arguments are compelling and insightful, and even quite lively. Feltmate is quite adept at unpacking dense ideas about the sociology of religion and applying them to cultural studies in a rich, illuminating way." Gary Laderman, Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures, Emory University
"Drawn to the Gods is a thorough and comprehensive study that is grounded in solid research methodologies and linked to relevant theories and secondary literature. Feltmate’s arguments are compelling and insightful, and even quite lively - I love moving from Durkheim on the sacred to sacredness in Family Guy. Feltmate is quite adept at unpacking dense ideas about the sociology of religion and applying them to cultural studies in a rich, illuminating way."


 


Gary Laderman,Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures, Emory University
David Feltmate is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Auburn University at Montgomery where he conducts research in the sociology of religion, the sociology of humor, religion and popular culture, religion and mass media, and sociological theory.