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Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology), Vol. XIV, no. 4/2016, pp. 29-44.


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Humour and Intertextuality: the Use of Inter-Referentiality in The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy

Anca Anton

Universitatea din București, Facultatea de Jurnalism și Științele Comunicării, București.

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  1. Anca Anton. Humour and Intertextuality: the Use of Inter-Referentiality in The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy. Sociologie Românească XIV(4):29-44, 2016. BibTeX

    @article{,
    	author = "Anton, Anca",
    	title = "Humour and Intertextuality: the Use of Inter-Referentiality in The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy",
    	journal = "Sociologie Românească",
    	volume = "XIV",
    	number = 4,
    	pages = "29-44",
    	abstract = "The paper analyses how three iconic American TV shows have used humour to individualize their respective identities and intertextuality to differentiate from each other. The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy occupy special places in American popular culture and they are chosen in this paper not only for their unique identities, but also because of the rivalry that exists between them in the media, in their content and between their fans. This rivalry puts a particular spin on the way the shows approach intertextuality in that inter referentiality took on a prominent role in defining their identity and in conveying not only the messages and meanings behind various episodes, but also the philosophy behind each show.",
    	keywords = "popular culture; media studies; intertextuality; humour; The Simpsons; South Park; Family Guy",
    	year = 2016
    }
    

Abstract: The paper analyses how three iconic American TV shows have used humour to individualize their respective identities and intertextuality to differentiate from each other. The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy occupy special places in American popular culture and they are chosen in this paper not only for their unique identities, but also because of the rivalry that exists between them in the media, in their content and between their fans. This rivalry puts a particular spin on the way the shows approach intertextuality in that inter referentiality took on a prominent role in defining their identity and in conveying not only the messages and meanings behind various episodes, but also the philosophy behind each show.

Keywords: popular culture; media studies; intertextuality; humour; The Simpsons; South Park; Family Guy.

Cuvinte-cheie: popular culture; studii media; intertextualitate; umor; Familia Simpson; South Park; Family Guy; Familia mea dementă.