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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 81–102.
Published: 01 December 2012
... within a Bolivian (camba) comedy, NEO . Like other comedies drawing on national stereotypes, NEO promises to mock “all Bolivians,” yet their racialized ridicule is not without its asymmetries or consequences, particularly in the politically polarized and racially charged period following the election of...
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Social Text (1 June 2016) 34 (2 (127)): 71–87.
Published: 01 June 2016
... as his writings attended to the specificities of 1950s television, including the importance of stereotypes as holdovers from radio comedy, the constraints of studio shooting, the standards of script development, and the complicated reception of “common sense.” What remains now is to bring the...
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Social Text (1 December 2013) 31 (4 (117)): 49–76.
Published: 01 December 2013
... subject’s inner desires from public inquiry. I examine the making of an episode of the television show Cantata , a popular musical-comedy soap opera, showing how its narratives provoke audience excitement by focusing on exaggerated and inverted moral tales. I show how the use of white actors in one episode...
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Social Text (1 March 2018) 36 (1 (134)): 145–153.
Published: 01 March 2018
.... But why would we be in that ring to begin with? Unlike the suspense of a punch line in a standup comedy routine, the snarky humor of the Onion arrives in the form of a one-liner that lures you in with the promise of more howling. There is no end to the joke (if you get it), it goes on and on until...
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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 41–70.
Published: 01 September 2017
... long afterlife in Bhai comedies, such as Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega (dir. Eeshwar Niwas, 2001)—films featuring the gangster, called Bhai (brother), as a comic figure. The crucial reference point for this entire cluster was Ram Gopal Varma. As a producer, Varma set off a massive trend for...
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Social Text (1 March 2013) 31 (1 (114)): 109–125.
Published: 01 March 2013
... than anything, I want to keep experiencing that epiphany.”14 His books search for glimmers of novelty and possibility in their author’s experiences of a lover’s difference — a spurt of comedy here, a current of humiliation there, and usually the...
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Social Text (1 December 2017) 35 (4): 53–86.
Published: 01 December 2017
... multiple hermeneutic levels that we fully access this unusual aesthetic of illness, debility, comedy, perversion, and broad comical racism, something similar to what has been termed, in historical scholarship on nineteenth-century US advertising, the carnivalesque. 15 While most scholarship on the...
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Social Text (1 June 2011) 29 (2 (107)): 21–46.
Published: 01 June 2011
... of the TV in the blockbuster comedy Big Shot’s Funeral. While the material console itself plays only a small part in the movie, the film’s mise en abyme structure centers on the intersection of film, television, and the media event.Big Shot is a satire about the spectacular comedy funeral of...
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Social Text (1 September 2007) 25 (3 (92)): 85–101.
Published: 01 September 2007
... abandon the search for organic injuries, convinced that hysteria was no more than a comedy of masks and simulations. Hysteria, he said, “makes fun of us, often seeks to deceive us, and in other instances, lays out nets in which we may be...
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Social Text (1 December 2002) 20 (4 (73)): 19–28.
Published: 01 December 2002
...-, mis-, and real information, the hoax serves as alibi for what we take as real. What’s most real about the anthrax hoaxes is the way the vast major- ity of Americans failed to see them as pranks. Under the pall of terror, we canceled comedy. Minutes before the attacks, we were laughing along...
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Social Text (1 September 2010) 28 (3 (104)): 119–150.
Published: 01 September 2010
... of Latin Americanism and the critical literature that attempts to assess them. Film genres like science fiction, westerns, crime thrillers, and roman- tic comedies have proven particularly productive at constructing images of...
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Social Text (1 June 2000) 18 (2 (63)): 59–82.
Published: 01 June 2000
..., servicing and grinning.”14 Sambo’s func- tion was to combine comedy with economic productivity, especially slave labor under U.S. imperialism. The function of cheese is, as I noted earlier, to satirize the legacy of imperial...
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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 1–16.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Islam came to be seen as a racial identity in the United States. 2 “Hasan Elahi Detained by FBI,” YouTube, 14 January 2008, www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM8OOXCeaqM (accessed 1 December 2015). 3 Thompson, “The Visible Man.” 4 “Interview with Hasan Elahi,” Colbert Report , Comedy...
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Social Text (1 June 2018) 36 (2 (135)): 107–122.
Published: 01 June 2018
...-century imaginations than those of the twenty-first. Yet as I argue here, the Model Minority is first and foremost a narrative and a reading practice, one that exemplifies neo-liberal finance capital’s disavowal of colonialism and racism as relics of the past. The first book, Crazy Rich Asians , a comedy...
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Social Text (1 March 2010) 28 (1 (102)): 1–12.
Published: 01 March 2010
... point of bodily death. However, after a decade or so, it became increasingly clear that the greatest source of profit from the phonograph would lie in listening to recorded entertainment like songs and comedy sketches — first in public exhibits and parlors, and soon after, by the turn of the...
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Social Text (1 March 2015) 33 (1 (122)): 95–114.
Published: 01 March 2015
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Social Text (1 December 2005) 23 (3-4 (84-85)): 193–217.
Published: 01 December 2005
...-king of comedy, Murray Hill, himself named after a little nowhere spot in Manhattan. It becomes apparent that JJ has already made it there and that we, luckily enough, are about to retrace his road to stardom. 200 Karen...
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Social Text (1 September 2008) 26 (3 (96)): 79–100.
Published: 01 September 2008
..., immediately following its broadcast of the Super Bowl in the United States, the Fox network aired a “greatest hits” episode of its prime-time cartoon comedy Family Guy. First up was a skit featur- ing Osama bin Laden. After the graphic “Somewhere in Afghanistan” fades away, we see the...
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Social Text (1 December 2000) 18 (4 (65)): 83–107.
Published: 01 December 2000
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Social Text (1 December 2010) 28 (4 (105)): 45–63.
Published: 01 December 2010
... artifice, eliciting feelings of solidarity between the “common folk” reader and the corporation. The clothes-­hanger ad is but one in a series. These ads, no high-­end photography pictorial in the New York Times Magazine — ­indeed, more Comedy Central than NPR — ­are directed at city dwellers...