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Palgrave Studies in Comedy

Mockumentary Comedy

Performing Authenticity

Authors: Wallace, Richard

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  • ​Offers an altogether new approach to investigating one of contemporary film and television’s most popular and persistent narrative modes
  • Brings a number of film and television texts into critical discussion of the mockumentary for the first time
  • Charts an entirely new terrain to existing texts on mockumentary, focusing on the significance of comedy and performance 
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This book is the first to take comedy seriously as an important aspect of the popular mockumentary form of film and television fiction. It examines the ways in which mockumentary films and television programmes make visible—through comedy—the performances that underpin straight documentaries and many of our public figures. Mockumentary Comedy focuses on the rock star and the politician, two figures that regularly feature as mockumentary subjects. These public figures are explored through detailed textual analyses of a range of film and television comedies, including A Hard Day’s Night, This is Spinal Tap, The Thick of It, Veep and the works of Christopher Guest and Alison Jackson. This book broadens the scope of existing mockumentary scholarship by taking comedy seriously in a sustained way for the first time. It ultimately argues that the comedic performances—by performers and of documentary conventions—are central to the form’s critical significance and popular appeal. 

About the authors

Richard Wallace is Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77848-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77847-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mockumentary Comedy
Book Subtitle
Performing Authenticity
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77848-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77848-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77847-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 226
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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