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The Political Mel Brooks analyzes both Mel Brooks's more popular films and his lesser known work to explore how his use of parody and satire, his keen sense of the history of Jewish comedic conventions, and his deep awareness of social issues encompasses a political project that, while often implicit, nonetheless speaks to the enduring political and social impact of his films. Brooks's work often employs a nuanced political style that acts as a social commentary against those in power and in favor of oppressed and misunderstood persons.
This volume emphasizes Brooks's political legacy and his masterful use of parody and satire to craft sophisticated political critiques of dominant culture. Contributors illustrate in a practical and accessible way how to explore how comedic films and television series can employ parody and satire not just to mock generic conventions, but also dominant political ideologies. Scholars of media, film, pop culture, political science, and communication studies will find this volume especially useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498586702
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 06/07/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Samuel Boerboom is associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre at Montana State University, Billings.

Beth E. Bonnstetter is program director and associate professor of mass communication at Adams State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: (Re)Discovering the Political Mel Brooks Chapter 1: The Popular (and Political) Mel Brooks: A Selective Review of Scholarship and Criticism Chapter 2: "Where the White Women At?" Demolishing the Myth of the West Chapter 3: "A Torch to Light the Way": The Visual Rhetoric of Blazing Saddles Chapter 4: The Very Rotten 1970s: Mel Brooks's Satire of Politics in the Age of Ford Chapter 5: Not Just a Dresser: To Be or Not to Be and the Case of Sasha Kinski Chapter 6: Spaceballs as Mel Brooks's Parodic Prophecy of Franchise Fascism Chapter 7: The Framing of Poverty in Mel Brooks's Life Stinks: A Content and Textual Analysis Chapter 8: What a Meshugenner! Mel Brooks's Politics of Jewish Humor Chapter 9: "When You Got It, Flaunt It": White Masculinity and Sexuality in The Producers (2005) Chapter 10: "We're Both Short Jews. That's Where It Ends.": The Problematics of Comparing Mel Brooks and Woody Allen

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