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Homer Simpson Ponders Politics Joseph J. Foy

Homer Simpson Ponders Politics By Joseph J. Foy

Homer Simpson Ponders Politics by Joseph J. Foy


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Homer Simpson Ponders Politics includes a foreword by fantasy author Margaret Weis (coauthor/creator of the Dragonlance novels and game world) and is divided according to eras and themes in political thought: The first section explores civic virtue, applying the work of Plato and Aristotle to modern media.

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Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory by Joseph J. Foy

It is often said that the poet Homer educated ancient Greece. Joseph J. Foy and Timothy M. Dale have assembled a team of notable scholars who argue, quite persuasively, that Homer Simpson and his ilk are educating America and offering insights into the social order and the human condition. Following Homer Simpson Goes to Washington (winner of the John G. Cawelti Award for Best Textbook or Primer on American and Popular Culture) and Homer Simpson Marches on Washington, this exceptional volume reveals how books like J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter, movies like Avatar and Star Wars, and television shows like The Office and Firefly define Americans' perceptions of society. The authors expand the discussion to explore the ways in which political theories play out in popular culture. Homer Simpson Ponders Politics includes a foreword by fantasy author Margaret Weis (coauthor/creator of the Dragonlance novels and game world) and is divided according to eras and themes in political thought: The first section explores civic virtue, applying the work of Plato and Aristotle to modern media. Part 2 draws on the philosophy of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Smith as a framework for understanding the role of the state. Part 3 explores the work of theorists such as Kant and Marx, and the final section investigates the ways in which movies and newer forms of electronic media either support or challenge the underlying assumptions of the democratic order. The result is an engaging read for undergraduate students as well as anyone interested in popular culture.

About Joseph J. Foy

Joseph J. Foy, associate campus dean and associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, USA, is the editor of Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture and coeditor of Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture.

Timothy M. Dale, assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin--La Crosse, USA, is coeditor of Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture.

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CIN0813141478G
9780813141473
0813141478
Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory by Joseph J. Foy
Used - Good
Hardback
The University Press of Kentucky
20130501
272
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