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- Description<em>Beyond a Joke</em> 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 <em>Morecambe and Wise</em> to <em>Shaun of the Dead</em> to the London 2012 Olympics' opening ceremony. Combining the methodologies of both film history and film theory, <em>Beyond a Joke</em> 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, <em>Beyond a Joke</em> 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 BiographyNeil Archer is a lecturer in Film Studies at Keele University. He is the author of <em>The French Road Movie: Space</em>, <em>Mobility</em>, <em>Identity</em> (2013) and <em>Studying The Bourne Ultimatum</em> (2012), and editor of a work on adaptation in French film, theatre and literature (2011). He has just completed a book on the film, <em>Hot Fuzz</em> (2015).
- Author(s)Neil Archer
- PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
- Date of Publication30/10/2016
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight408 g
- Width142 mm
- Height218 mm
- Spine25 mm
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