Abstract

This Independent Study aims to define and critically interrogate the phenomenon of satirized religion found in both British and American cultures within the works of Monty Python and South Park. Through audience research and content analysis, this study identifies the subtle yet important differences in how satire is conceived and received in each western culture. Mikhail Bakhtin’s Theory of the Grotesque, Henri Bergson’s Theory of Humor, Conrad Ostwalt’s Secularization Theory, Jean Baudrillard’s concept of Hyperreality, and Marshall McLuhan’s Theory of the Medium in Media provide an effective theoretical framework to analyze satirized religion within each franchise. Ultimately, this study’s analysis of satirized religion reveals the phenomena that American audiences are more likely to be offended by the content of religious satire, while British audiences are more likely to be offended by the form through which that satire is delivered.

Advisor

Graham, Mark

Second Advisor

Tierney, Thomas

Department

Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

Disciplines

American Film Studies | American Popular Culture | Digital Humanities | Other Arts and Humanities | Other Religion | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Television | Visual Studies

Publication Date

2015

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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