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Are you sitting uncomfortably? From ‘cringe’ to ‘dark’ comedy

Leon Hunt

in Cult British TV comedy: From Reeves and Mortimer to Psychoville

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719083778
eISBN:
9781781705865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719083778.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

In 2002, Radio Times wondered whether comedy was ‘the new drama’ as it considered a range of shows that were ‘frequently bleak and often despairing, filled with unsympathetic characters’ setting them ... More


The legibility of the bowels: Lichtenberg’s excretory vision of Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress

Anthony Mahler

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526127051
eISBN:
9781526138682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526127051.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This essay lays bare the rampant but thinly veiled scatology in Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s renowned commentaries of William Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress. It shows that Lichtenberg finds all kinds ... More


‘Al fresco? That's up yer anus, innit?’ Shane Meadows and the Politics of Abjection

Martin Fradley

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Shane Meadows' films are preoccupied with bodily functions, scatological humour and themes of social abjection. Rather than dismiss these bawdy comical interludes as deviations from the director's ... More


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