British TV Comedies

Cultural Concepts, Contexts and Controversies

Editors: Kamm, Juergen, Neumann, Birgit (Eds.)

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This collection offers an overview of British TV comedies, ranging from the beginnings of sitcoms in the 1950s to the current boom of 'Britcoms'. It provides in-depth analyses of major comedies, systematically addressing their generic properties, filmic history, humour politics and cultural impact.

About the authors

Stephen Bourne, De Montfort University, UK Alexander Brock, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Paul Davies, University of Passau, Germany Rainer Emig, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany Marion Gymnich, University of Bonn, Germany John Hill, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Mary Irwin, Northumbria University, UK Philip Jacobi, University of Passau, Germany Juergen Kamm, University of Passau, Germany Stephan Karschay, University of Passau, Germany Richard Kilborn, University of Stirling, UK Lucia Krämer, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany Angela Krewani, Marburg University, Germany Bernd Lenz, University of Passau, Germany Oliver Lindner, University of Leipzig, Germany Brett Mills, University of East Anglia, UK Birgit Neumann, University of Duesseldorf, Germany Deirdre Osborne, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK Nora Plesske, TU Braunschweig, Germany Anette Pankratz, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany Joanna Rostek, University of Passau, Germany Gerold Sedlmayr, TU Dortmund University, Germany Eckart Voigts, TU Braunschweig, Germany Dorothea Will, University of Passau, Germany

Reviews

“This volume is sensitive to identity formations involving social class, gender, ethnicity, race, and factory labour. … The transnational authors of British TV Comedies, British and German, building on this expanding research, have elevated television comedy to a medium worthy of transcultural, cultural and political consideration for scholarly and general audiences.” (Marcia Landy, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Issue 2, September, 2016)



'This collection of essays provides an excellent review of the development of British situation comedy from the 1950s to the present day. It shows in a range of ways how British social and cultural history has been refracted through this distinctive media genre, focusing on such themes as the representation of social class, gender, age and ethnicity, the politics of humour, and the operative process of seriality. The book makes a fine contribution to the study of humour and comedy.' - Michael Pickering, Loughborough University, UK

'British TV Comedy covers all the key material, including the conventions of the genre as well as the contexts of production and the public controversies, taking the reader on an academic journey from Hancock's Half Hour to Little Britain. The book is essential reading for anyone serious about British television comedy.' John Storey, University of Sunderland, UK

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Aesthetics and Politics of British TV Comedy

    Kamm, Jürgen (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

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  • A Golden Age of British Sitcom? Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son

    Kilborn, Richard

    Pages 23-35

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  • ‘Your Little Game’: Myth and War in Dad’s Army

    Lenz, Bernd

    Pages 36-50

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  • ‘The Struggle of Class against Class is a What Struggle?’ Monty Python’s Flying Circus and its Politics

    Brock, Alexander

    Pages 51-65

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  • The Rag Trade: ‘Everybody Out!’ Gender, Politics and Class on the Factory Floor

    Irwin, Mary

    Pages 66-79

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British TV Comedies
Book Subtitle
Cultural Concepts, Contexts and Controversies
Editors
  • Juergen Kamm
  • Birgit Neumann
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55295-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137552952
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55294-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 363
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