A National Joke

Author: Andy Medhurst
Editor: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415168783
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Crammed full of contemporary comedy examples and house-hold names, from the music hall tradition to contemporary sitcoms, Andy Medhurst considers how English comedy reflects national concerns with class, race, gender and sexuality and traces the recurrence of themes and structures. Examining popular English comedies and comedians in the twentieth century, ranging from the Carry On films to the work of Mike Leigh and contemporary sitcoms such as "The Royle Family", and from George Formby to Alan Bennett and Roy 'Chubby' Brown, the book argues that comedy plays a pivotal role in the construction of cultural identity. Medhurst presents case studies of comic traditions and representations, and examines key figures in English comic history, including Mike Leigh, Alan Bennett and Victoria Wood. Part history and part polemic, "A National Joke" is a book that will not only entertain, it will enlighten and inform any student, scholar, or general reader of our national comedy

Action Tv Tough Guys Smooth Operators And Foxy Chicks

Author: Anna Gough-Yates
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136358722
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From re-runs of 'TV classics' like The Avengers or Starsky and Hutch, to soundtracks, club nights and film remakes such as Mission Impossible II, the action series is enjoying a popular revival. Yet little attention has been paid to the history, nature and enduring appeal of the action series, and its place in popular culture, past and present. Action TV traces the development of the action series from its genesis in the 1950s. From The Saint to Knigh t Rider, contributors explore the key shows which defined the genre, addressing issues of audiences and consumption, gender and sexuality, fashion and popular culture. They examine the institutional and cultural factors influencing the action series, and relate shifts in the genre to other forms of popular culture including film, pop music, fashion and popular literature. Chapters include: * Of leather suits and kinky boots: The Avengers, style and popular culture * 'Who loves ya, baby?': Kojak, action and the great society *'A lone crusader in a dangerous world': heroics of science and technology in Knight Rider * Angels in chains? feminism, femininity and consumer culture in Charlie's Angels * 'Who's the cat that won't cop out?' Black masculinity in American action shows of the sixties and seventies

Cultural Studies And The Working Class

Author: Sally R. Munt
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441115439
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This work challenges the field of British cultural studies to return to the question of social class as a primary focus of study. The chapters examine contemporary working-class life and its depiction in the media through a number of case studies on topics such as popular cinema, football, romance magazines and club culture. The essays pose methodologies for understanding working-class responses to dominant culture, and explore the contradictions and limitations of the traditional Marxist model. The book's contributors conclude that it is time for cultural theorists to revisit issues of working-class cultural formations and to renew the original radical intentions of the discipline by reintegrating class analysis into social templates of race, sexuality and gender.

The Media

Author: Adam Briggs
Editor: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780582423466
Size: 15,43 MB
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This is a fully updated edition of the bestselling The Media: An Introduction, a collection of specially written essays designed to introduce the study of media. The book enhances its reputation as an original and insightful volume covering the whole spectrum of media. This fully updated and expanded edition offers an accessible factual and theoretical overview of the media industry and is a comprehensive empirical guide to the separate institutions that make up the media. FEATURES 7 An overview of routine practices of the media. 7 An outline of the markets and means of funding of media institutions. 7 A European, global and forward-looking perspective on the media. 7 Fully updated and expanded essays. 7 Two additional new chapters on audiences and reception. 7 Additional new chapter on 'class'. 7 Expanded sections of 'Further Reading', related web resources and stimulants to further study. CONTENTS PART ONE: What are the Media? Comics 7 Publishing Industry 7 Advertising 7 Marketing and Consumer Culture 7 News Agencies 7 Journalism 7 Newspapers and the Press 7 Magazines 7 Radio 7 Television 7 European Cinema 7 Pop Music 7 Industry 7 Technology. PART TWO: 'Outside' the Media. Economics 7 Policy: Models of Media Institutions 7 Media Effects 7 Audience Feedback 7 Active Audiences 7 Impacts and Influences 7 Approaches to Studying the Media PART THREE: 'In' the Media. Sexuality 7 Gender 7 Class 7 Race and Ethnicity 7 Youth 7 Disability 7 Nationality 7 Sport 7 News Production 7 Parliamentary Politics 7 News Photography 7 Pornography and Censorship. Editors Adam Briggs is Principal Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at the London College of Fashion. Paul Cobley is Reader inCommunications at London Guildhall University. Contributors Patrick Barwise, Neil Blain, Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Raymond Boyle, Brian Braithwaite, John Corner, Andrew Crisell, Guy Cumberbatch, James Curran, Jessica Evans, Ivor Gaber, David Gordon, Sylvia Harvey, Joke Hermes, Andrew Higson, Patricia Holland, Anne J(TM)ckel, Ray Kent, Jenny Kitzinger, Joanne Lacey, Iain MacRury, Brian McNair, Sarita Malik, Andy Medhurst, Irene Costera Meijer, David Miller, Ralph Negrine, Bill Osgerby, Jerry Palmer, Richard Paterson, TerhIi Rantanen, Roger Sabin, David Saunders, Roy Shuker, Linda Ruth Williams, Liesbet van Zoonen.

The Cinema Book

Author: Pam Cook
Editor: British Film Institute
ISBN: 9781844571925
Size: 18,46 MB
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First published in 1985, The Cinema Book was hailed as a landmark film studies text, presenting in accessible form two decades of intellectual activity on the subject. The second edition (1999) consolidated The Cinema Book's international reputation as the leading guide to film studies. This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated to include brand new chapters together with original essays and case studies written by leading scholars from around the globe. It provides comprehensive coverage of seven major areas: Hollywood Cinema and Beyond; Stars; Technologies; World Cinemas; Genre; Authorship; and Developments in Theory. New topics include Global Hollywood; Contemporary Women Directors; Queer Theory; and Postmodernism. All sections are supported by in-depth analyses of films from the earliest days to the present.

British Television

Author: Edward Buscombe
Editor: Clarendon Press
ISBN: 9780198742654
Size: 15,49 MB
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'Destined to be a core text on student reading lists.' -John Ellis, Sight and Sound May 2000British television has been a success story. One factor in this success has been the distinctive institutional structure of British broadcasting, a mix of state-regulated and publicly-funded services with commercial services. This book attempts to give a broad overview of British television by examining both the institutional framework and the programmes that it has produced. A range of reprinted writings from the work of acknowledged experts is supplemented by specially commissioned essays on such key topics as sport and British television in the global context.