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Historical Comedy on Screen
Subverting History with Humour
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ISBN 9781841503677
Paperback 232 pages
240x174mm
Published March 2011
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Hannu Salmi
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Edited by Hannu Salmi
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In 1893, Friedrich Engels branded history 'the cruelest goddess of all.' This sorrowful vision of the past is deeply rooted in the Western imagination, and history is thus presented as a joyless playground of inevitability rather than a droll world of possibilities. There are few places this is more evident than in historical cinema which tends to portray the past in a somber manner. Historical Comedy on Screen examines this tendency paying particular attention to the themes most difficult to laugh at and exploring the place where comical and historical storytelling intersect. The first scholarly book of its kind, this work emphasizes the many oft-overlooked comical renderings of history and asks what they have to tell us if we begin to take them seriously.

 

Chapter titles
Introduction: Mad History of the World
Hannu Salmi, University of Turku
PART I: COMEDIANS AND COMIC REPRESENTATIONS
Salmi
Buster Keaton’s Comedies of Southern History: Our Hospitality and The General
Susan E. Linville, University of Denver
From Ideal Husbands to Berserk Gargoyles: Comic Representations of the British Past in the 1950s and 1960s
Harri Kilpi, University of Helsinki
Comedians and Romance: History and Humour in Kalabalik
David Ludvigsson, University of Uppsala
Woody Allen and History
Maurice Yawocar, University of Calgary
PART II: NO LAUGHING MATTER
Salmi
No Laughing Matter? Comedy and The Spanish Civil War
David Archibald, University of Glasgow
A Killer Joke? World War Two in Post-War British Television and Film Comedy
Rami Mähkä, University of Turku
“Holocaust-Nostalgia”, Humor and Irony: The Case of Pizza in Auschwitz
Hagai Dagan, Sapir College
Comedy and Counter-history
Marcia Landy, University of Pittsburg
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