Education, Politics and Public Life

America According to Colbert

Satire as Public Pedagogy

Authors: McClennen, S.

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America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy post 9/11 argues that, in contrast to the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that tend to govern most mass media today, Stephen Colbert's program offers his audience the opportunity to understand the context through which most news is reported and to be critical of it.

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Sophia A. McClennen is Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA where she directs the Center for Global Studies and the graduate program in Comparative Literature.

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"America According to Colbert demonstrates that Colbert's work is also a form of public pedagogy, teaching his audiences to be distrustful of power and fools, and to view all politicians, pundits, and politics itself with mistrust. McClennen's well-written and documented study brilliantly illuminates the Colbert phenomenon and its importance for contemporary politics, journalism, and popular culture today." - Douglas Kellner, Professor, UCLA; author of Guys and Guns Amok and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy

"America According to Colbert is beautifully readable and delightfully smart; rich in examples and conceptual frame. McClennen gives us a master class in the critical pedagogy of Colbert." - Geoffrey Baym, Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of North Carolina Greensboro

"An always insightful and often delightful reading of the most sustained and successful exercise in political satire in modern American life. Stephen Colbert would no doubt agree - well, about all but the 'satire' part. Let the eagle soar!" - Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information, University of California at Berkeley


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McClennen, Sophia A.

    Pages 1-11

  • I Stand by This Man: Colbert Speaks Truthiness to Power

    McClennen, Sophia A.

    Pages 13-40

  • The Public at Risk: Dissent and Democracy after 9/11

    McClennen, Sophia A.

    Pages 41-68

  • Proud to Be an American Satirist

    McClennen, Sophia A.

    Pages 69-95

  • America According to The Colbert Report: Or How a TV Show Can Change the Way a Nation Thinks

    McClennen, Sophia A.

    Pages 97-167

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
America According to Colbert
Book Subtitle
Satire as Public Pedagogy
Authors
Series Title
Education, Politics and Public Life
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34309-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137343093
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10466-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-01472-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 217
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