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Masculinity and Popular Television$
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Rebecca Feasey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627974

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627974.001.0001

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Animation: masculinity in the nuclear family

Animation: masculinity in the nuclear family

(p.32) 4. Animation: masculinity in the nuclear family
Masculinity and Popular Television

Rebecca Feasey

Edinburgh University Press

Cartoons have the ability to challenge the dominant conversations of the mainstream television programming. Hence, animated sitcom serves as an ideal position to present alternative and even subversive representations of the family, friendship and masculinity on television. While the traditional domestic sitcom is largely limited to projecting a tamed, normative and uncontroversial version of family life, animation provides television comedy with the appropriate mode to present a subversive view of the family. This chapter outlines the history of film and television animation. It also examines masculinities in prime-time sitcoms, with particular attention to the ways in which contemporary programmes such as The Simpsons, King of the Hill and Family Guy confirm and challenge traditional and patriarchal representations of masculinity, paternity and the male role in society.

Keywords:   cartoon, animated sitcom, television animation, The Simpsons, King of Hill, Family Guy, masculinity, paternity, male role

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