Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Women's and Gender Studies
Prime time animation; Unruly; Kathleen Rowe; Carnivalesque; Television; Gender
Women on television; Animated television programs--Social aspects; Women in popular culture
Utilizing the criteria for unruly women established by Kathleen Rowe, this work engages with current television scholarship on animated sitcoms in order to come to an understanding of how unruliness as a category of behavior and embodiment is expanded in prime time animated sitcoms. In looking at the ways in which unruliness functions in animated series, examples from The Simpsons, King of the Hill, South Park, Daria, and Home Movies are examined. It is through this analysis that I prove that not only do the mother characters from all of these series embody unruliness, but through their prominence in their respective shows unruliness becomes normalized within the genre of prime time animated sitcoms.
Pennington, Sarah, "The unruly woman in prime time animated sitcoms." (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1112.