"I don't want to oversell this book, but it's better than ten Super Bowls! Probably fourteen to sixteen Super Bowls to be exact. Highly entertaining, thought-provoking and, most importantly, funny. Using The Simpsons, Denise Du Vernay and Karma Waltonen have given us a new way to look at the world and that's pretty cool. This isn't just for academics: any Simpsons fan with half a brain will enjoy it, and those with full brains will love it!"
-Josh Weinstein, former Showrunner, The Simpsons;
current Co-Executive Producer, Futurama
"Like The Simpsons itself, this book can be enjoyed on multiple levels--both for its trenchant, incisive sociocultural commentary and for its poop jokes. Okay, maybe there aren't so many poop jokes in there. But the trenchant, incisive stuff more than makes up for it."
-Robert Siegel, writer-director of Big Fan, Editor-in-Chief of
The Onion 1996-2003
"A practical, useful, and engaging book for teachers"
-Mignon Fogarty, bestselling author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
-noun, plural -gies
1. The science that deals with the study of the American animated sitcom, The Simpsons.
2. The study of this science.
3. The features and processes in the science occurring in any given environment: the Simpsonology of Chris Turner's Planet Simpson; the Simpsonology in the classrooms at UC Berkeley.
1989-2006 Simpson- + -logy
Related term: Simpsonologist [simp-suhn-ol-uh-jist]
-noun, plural -gists
a person who specializes in Simpsons research and study
Welcome to the companion website for THE SIMPSONS IN THE CLASSROOM: EMBIGGENING THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH THE WISDOM OF SPRINGFIELD, by Simpsonologists Karma Waltonen and Denise Du Vernay (McFarland Publishing). To order, visit amazon.com, McFarland Publishing, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million online, or ask your local bookstore to carry it.
On this site, you will find information about the book and the authors, news about our book (including reviews and author appearances) and general Simpsons news, links to other authoritative sites regarding The Simpsons, and resources to help you teach The Simpsons in your classes. Whether you are looking for a day-long activity or are planning a full Simpsons course, we aim to help you create a solid, enriching, and fun plan.
Note: Our efforts are not endorsed by Fox (but, we've been told, they doesn't disapprove, either).
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