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Humour As Politics : The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary Comedy (Hardcover) (Nicholas Holm)

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This book argues that recent developments in contemporary comedy have changed not just the way we laugh but the way we understand the world. Drawing on a range of contemporary televisual, cinematic and digital examples, from Seinfeld and Veep to Family Guy and Chappelle’s Show, Holm explores how humour has become a central site of cultural politics in the twenty-first century. More than just a form of entertainment, humour has come to play a central role in the contemporary media environment, shaping how we understand ideas of freedom, empathy, social boundaries and even logic. Through an analysis of humour as a political and aesthetic category, Humour as Politics challenges older models of laughter as a form of dissent and instead argues for a new theory of humour as the cultural expression of our (neo)liberal moment.
Number of Pages: 223
Genre: Performing Arts, Social Science
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Nicholas Holm
Language: English
Street Date: October 23, 2017
TCIN: 52068098
UPC: 9783319509495
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-8549
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