The Simpsons’ Beloved Springfield

Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All

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About the Book

First aired in 1989, The Simpsons has become America’s most beloved animation. It changed the world of television, bringing to the screen a cartoon for adults, a sitcom without a laugh track, an imperfect lower class family, a mixture of high and low comedy and satire for the masses. This collection of new essays explores the many ways in which The Simpsons reflects everyday life through its exploration of gender roles, music, death, food politics, science and religion, anxiety, friendship and more.

About the Author(s)

Karma Waltonen teaches professional writing, literature, popular culture (including The Simpsons), and stand-up comedy at the University of California, Davis. She is the President of the Margaret Atwood Society and edits Margaret Atwood Studies. Denise Du Vernay taught courses in composition, literature, The Simpsons, speech, and the humanities for seventeen years. She writes about the Simpsons and Margaret Atwood. She lives in Chicago, Illinois where she works in the Advancement division at Loyola University Chicago.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Karma Waltonen and Denise Du Vernay
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7455-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3612-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Fans of The Simpsons will welcome the opportunity to delve deeper into their favorite show.”—Booklist; “Nobody ‘steams a ham’ [writes and edits academic material] about The Simpsons quite as well as Denise and Karma!…a brilliant book…read their book”—Bill Oakley was writer, producer, and show runner of The Simpsons with his partner Josh Weinstein. He is currently Co-EP of Disenchantment and is known as “The Gordon Ramsay of Fast Food” for his Instagram food videos; “As a chef, my biggest connection to The Simpsons is with food. In each of the essays of this book, the authors share how they connect to The Simpsons, a show that really is a part of us all.”—“Chef John” Mitzewich of is one of the most-watched chefs on YouTube.