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Beyond a Joke: Parody in English Film and Television Comedy

Beyond a Joke: Parody in English Film and Television Comedy
Neil Archer

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Beyond a Joke explores the variety of ways British film culture has used forms of parody, from the 1960s to the present day. It provides a contextual and textual analysis of a range of works that, while popular, have only rarely been the subject of serious academic attention from Morecambe and Wise to Shaun of the Dead to the London 2012 Olympics' opening ceremony. Combining the methodologies of both film history and film theory, Beyond a Joke locates parody within specific industrial and cultural moments, while also looking in detail at the aesthetics of parody as a mode. Ultimately, such works are shown to be a form of culturally specific film or televisual product for exporting to the global market, in which 'Britishness', shaped in self-mocking and ironic terms, becomes the selling point. Written in an accessible style and illustrated throughout with a diverse range of examples, Beyond a Joke is the first book to explore parody within a specifically British context and makes an invaluable contribution to the scholarship on both British and global film culture."

Author Info

Neil Archer is a lecturer in Film Studies at Keele University. He is the author of The French Road Movie: Space, Mobility, Identity (2013) and Studying The Bourne Ultimatum (2012), and editor of a work on adaptation in French film, theatre and literature (2011). He has just completed a book on the film, Hot Fuzz (2015).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784536633
Publication Date: 29 Oct 2016

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