British Satire, Everyday Politics: Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci and Charlie Brooker

Brassett, James and Sutton, Alex (2017) British Satire, Everyday Politics: Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci and Charlie Brooker. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19 (2). pp. 245-262. ISSN 1467-856X

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Abstract

This article develops a critical engagement with the politics of British satire. After first engaging the mainstream critique of satire—that it promotes cynicism and apathy by portraying politicians in stereotypically corrupt terms—we develop a performative approach to comedy as an everyday vernacular of political life. Beyond a focus on ‘impact’, we suggest that satire can be read as an everyday form of political reflection that performs within a social context. This yields an image of Morris, Iannucci and Brooker as important critics of contemporary British politics, a point which
we explore through their interventions on media form, political tragedy and political agency.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1560 Performing arts. Show business
Divisions: Departments > History
Depositing User: Alex Sutton
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 14:28
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 15:45
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2655

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