Comic Politics: Gender in Hollywood Comedy After the New Right

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 162 pages
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Are Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy the celluloid compatriots of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair? This book argues that the rubber faces of '80s and '90s comedy films, helped to transform us into the flexible, self-managing citizens beloved of the new right--and its successors. Through its sustained look at the box-office comedies of the last two decades, "Comic Politics" provides a critical introduction to key approaches to comedy. It tests the usefulness and limits of psychoanalytics, Bakhtinian and postmodernist theory against comedians and comedies from Woody Allen to "Wayne's World." The book includes a look at animation and computer enhanced comedies.

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Matthews is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

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