Palgrave Studies in Comedy

Satire and Politics

The Interplay of Heritage and Practice

Editors: Milner Davis, Jessica (Ed.)

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  • A lively contemporary study combining in-depth scholarship with a focus on popular comedy and satire
  • Successfully integrates numerous cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary perspectives on comedy and humour studies
  • Offers new research informed by practitioner perspectives and interviews with practising cartoonists
  • Richly illustrated with satirical cartoons and video-stills
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This book examines the multi-media explosion of contemporary political satire. Rooted in 18th century Augustan practice, satire’s indelible link with politics underlies today’s universal disgust with the ways of elected politicians. This study interrogates the impact of British and American satirical media on political life, with a special focus on political cartoons and the levelling humour of Australasian satirists.


About the authors

Jessica Milner Davis FRSN is a member of Clare Hall Cambridge, UK, and a research associate at the University of Sydney and Brunel University’s Centre for Comedy Studies Research. Twice president of the International Society for Humor Studies, she co-ordinates the Australasian Humour Studies Network.

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“This cross-disciplinary book is fascinating not only because it is not infested with theory but also because alongside literature, it sweeps over traditional and modern media as well as motion pictures while paying particular attention to cartoons. Excellent artwork and high production quality make the book even more alluring. … The diversity of contributors, ranging from academic scholars to professional comedians, adds to the entertaining quality of this book.” (Massih Zekavat, Humor, Vol. 32 (3), 2019)
“Satire and Politics takes up the challenge of making us appreciate the play space provided by satire, and of taking its impact seriously. Its combination of subjects and approaches makes it a well-rounded collection that I strongly recommend.” (Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard, European Journal of Humour Research, Vol. 7 (2), 2019)


“A fascinating collection showcasing satire in all its guises from those parts of the world where poking fun at people in power is a sacred cultural tradition. A wonderful read, combining rich textual and visual analysis, theoretical progress and sharp insight into the effects of political satire – as well as excellent jokes and a dash of offensiveness.” (Giselinde Kuipers, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Author of Good Humor, Bad Taste: A Sociology of the Joke, 2006)

“The Aussie larrikin and The Conchords take their place next to Aristophanes and Swift in this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary book on the history and value of political satire – or the interplay of “licensed fools and elected knaves”. Expertly selected and edited, these essays offer timely and essential insight into satire as a global phenomenon transcending genre and medium. Could become the standard work for understanding satire’s important role today.” (Moira Marsh, Indiana University Bloomington Illinois, USA. Author of Practically Joking, 2015)

“Undoubtedly a significant volume on the study of the interplay between politics and satire. Highlighting satire’s open meanings and manifestation in untold forms, the book is informed by an impressive level of historical analysis.” (Alex Sutton, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at University of Chichester, UK)

“Places political humor in compelling contexts. A must-read for students of global satire in the Digital Age.” (Paul Lewis, Professor of English at Boston College, USA, and author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict, 2006)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • The Satirist, the Larrikin and the Politician: An Australian Perspective on Satire and Politics

    Pages 1-36

    Milner Davis, Jessica (et al.)

  • The Populist Elements of Australian Political Satire and the Debt to the Americans and the Augustans

    Pages 37-71

    Rolfe, Mark

  • Under the Guise of Humour and Critique: The Political Co-Option of Popular Contemporary Satire

    Pages 73-102

    Higgie, Rebecca

  • The Politics of Deadpan in Australasian Satire

    Pages 103-124

    Holm, Nicholas

  • Towards a Discipline of Political Cartoon Studies: Mapping the Field

    Pages 125-162

    Chen, Khin Wee (et al.)

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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Satire and Politics
Book Subtitle
The Interplay of Heritage and Practice
Editors
  • Jessica Milner Davis
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56774-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56774-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56773-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85998-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 292
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations
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