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Author Smith, Daniel R., author

Title Comedy and critique : stand-up comedy and the professional ethos of laughter / Daniel R. Smith
Published Bristol : Bristol University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Bristol research shorts
Bristol research shorts
Contents Intro; COMEDY AND CRITIQUE; Contents; Detailed Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Sociology and stand-up comedy: from Talcott Parsons to Mort Sahl; Stand-up comedy and New Left politics; Outline of the argument; Part I. Analytical; 1; 1. The Art of Stand-Up Comedy; Ethos and morphology of the stand-up comedian; Art and the intelligence of feeling; From ritual to theatre? Stand-up comedy's anthropological antecedents; The magic of the stand-up comedian; The modernity of the stand-up comedian; Intra-personality, or the modernism of the stand-up comedian; Coda; Part II. Synthetic
3. RepresentationStand-up: representing whom?; Stand-up in the sociology of art and culture; Comedification: from abjection to New Left hegemony; Truth to power: the humour of 'millennial men'; Historicising millennial humour; 4. Persona; Stand-up comedy after abjection; The abject ontology of comic persona; The ethics of comic persona; The limits of New Left hegemony; Part III . Critical; 5. The Critique of Comic Reason; John Dowie's grave; The sociological inquiries of paranoids, detectives and comedians; Comedy as critique
Beautiful mediocrity: towards an aesthetical sociological critiqueAppendix: Methodological Tables; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Comedy and Critique explores British professional stand-up comedy in the wake of the Alternative Comedy movement of the late twentieth century, seeing it as an extension of the politics of the New Left: standing up for oneself as anti-racist, feminist and open to a queering of self and social institutions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Stand-up comedy -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Stand-up comedy -- Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1529200164 (electronic bk.)
9781529200164 (electronic bk.)