March 6, 2002
Shakespeare Scholar, "Simpsons"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To Discuss Pop Culture and Globalization
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.--"Pop Culture
in the Age of Globalization" will be the topic of a lecture
by University of Virginia English professor Paul Cantor at 7:30
p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the Neilson Library Browsing Room
at Smith College. The event-which will be followed by a reception-is
free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Cantor's talk will be based on his new book, "Gilligan Unbound:
Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization" (Rowman & Littlefield,
2001), which the L.A. Times named one of the best works of non-fiction
for 2001. "Gilligan Unbound" traces the waxing and
waning of American faith in liberal democracy over four decades
of television sit-coms and dramas, including "Gilligan's
Island," "The Simpsons" and the "X-Files."
Cantor's talk at Smith will focus on "The Simpsons,"
which he states is actually a powerful defense of the nuclear
family and local communities that has grown out of Americans'
increasing disillusionment with national politics.
"Gilligan Unbound" can be purchased at the Grécourt
Bookstore on Green St. in Northampton.