A National Joke

Popular Comedy and English Cultural Identities

Author: Andy Medhurst

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134702566

Category: Art

Page: 240

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Comedy is crucial to how the English see themselves. This book considers that proposition through a series of case studies of popular English comedies and comedians in the twentieth century, ranging from the Carry On films to the work of Mike Leigh and contemporary sitcoms such as The Royle Family, and from George Formby to Alan Bennett and Roy 'Chubby' Brown. Relating comic traditions to questions of class, gender, sexuality and geography, A National Joke looks at how comedy is a cultural thermometer, taking the temperature of its times. It asks why vulgarity has always delighted English audiences, why camp is such a strong thread in English humour, why class influences what we laugh at and why comedy has been so neglected in most theoretical writing about cultural identity. Part history and part polemic, it argues that the English urgently need to reflect on who they are, who they have been and who they might become, and insists that comedy offers a particularly illuminating location for undertaking those reflections.

Decline of the English Murder

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141956550

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

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In these timeless and witty essays George Orwell explores the English love of reading about a good murder in the papers (and laments the passing of the heyday of the 'perfect' murder involving class, sex and poisoning), as well as unfolding his trenchant views on everything from boys' weeklies to naughty seaside postcards. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Stand To!

The Journal of the Western Front Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: N.A

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Souvenirs

The Material Culture of Tourism

Author: Michael Hitchcock,Ken Teague

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 287

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The authors do not necessarily focus on material souvenirs in their memorial function as prompters of memory. They also use their case studies as starting points for the discussion of many interesting contemporary phenomena, such as cottage industries for economic development in Mexico and Ainu, as devices to invigorate or maintain artistic practices, as emblems of cultural conformity (Surrealists) or as symbolic weapons in national and international political arguments. A key focus of many of the chapters is the question of meaning: what is the meaning of any particular souvenir or collection, and for whom does it bear that meaning?

National Union Catalog

A Cumulative Author List Representing Library of Congress Printed Cards and Titles Reported by Other American Libraries

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Union catalogs

Page: N.A

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Includes entries for maps and atlases.

Knowing Their Place

Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Author: Lucy Delap

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199572941

Category: History

Page: 260

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Knowing Their Place offers a fascinating look at the relationships of antagonism and friendship, disgust and desire, that marked domestic service in twentieth century Britain.

Essays

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141183063

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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These essays, reviews and articles illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and who elevated political writing to an art.

Rusty Goes to London

Author: Ruskin Bond

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780143335955

Category:

Page: 239

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Rusty Travels Abroad To Fulfil His Dream Of Becoming A Writer Rusty Goes To London Is The Fourth Book In Puffin'S New Series Of The Complete Escapades Of Rusty; This Is The First Time That All The Rusty Stories Are Available In Chronological Order. In His Early Twenties Now, Rusty Finally Severs Ties With Dehra And Books A Passage To England, With The Dream Of Writing And Selling His Novel Abroad. First In His Aunt'S House In Jersey, And Then In Rented Lodgings In London, He Works As A Clerk By Day And Writes Away In The Evenings. Eventually The Novel Is Finished And Rusty Even Finds A Publisher. But This, He Discovers, Does Not Mean That His Book Will See The Light Of Day Soon ... While In London, Rusty Has Myriad Adventures, Each More Incredible Than The Last. Strolling Down Baker Street, He Runs Into Sherlock Holmes, Who Gives Him A Few Lessons In Investigative Techniques. At The Victoria And Albert Museum, He Is Accosted By Rudyard Kipling. And Then, Of Course, There Is The Strange Incident At The Chinese Quarter, The Calypso Christmas In His Lodgings, And The Story Of The Vietnamese Girl Vu-Phuong. After Three Years Abroad, However, Rusty Realizes That He Wants To Make India His Permanent Home; All He Really Needs Is A Room Of His Own To Live And Write In, As The Vibrant World That He Has Known And Loved All Along Unfolds Outside. Returning To Dehra, He Renews Some Acquaintances And Makes A Few New Ones, And Settles Into His Role As Full-Time Author. Full Of Interesting Stories And Memorable Characters, Rusty Goes To London Is A Book That Will Delight All Of Ruskin Bond'S Young Fans.

Wie die Steeple Sinderby Wanderers den Pokal holten

Roman

Author: J.L. Carr

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832189467

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Eine kleine Geschichte über den einen großen Moment im Leben Ein winziges Dorf in den Hochmooren von Yorkshire: Alex Slingsby ist Exfußballprofi, Grundschullehrer in Sinderby – und ein Mann mit Ambitionen. Unterstützt vom Schuldirektor, einem Exilungarn mit Doktor in Philosophie, nimmt er sich des amateurhaften örtlichen Fußballteams an. Die beiden bilden ein unkonventionelles Trainergespann. So wird etwa eine der zentralen Positionen im Team vergeben, frei nach dem Motto: »Ein Torwart muss kein guter Fußballer sein, er muss nur Raumgefühl besitzen«. Zu diesem Torhüter (der überdies noch leidenschaftlich gerne aufräumt) gesellen sich ein leicht depressiver Stürmerstar und der Pfarrer, dessen Schwester eine überzeugte Zeugin Jehovas ist. Und tatsächlich formiert sich aus einem Haufen Außenseiter nach und nach eine Mannschaft. Wie durch ein Wunder schaffen es die einfachen Männer aus Sinderby bis ins Finale des F. A. Cups im Wembleystadion. Aber dieser große Moment ist leider viel zu schnell vorbei ... J. L. Carrs Roman ist viel mehr als ein Buch über Fußball – es ist eine Geschichte vom Erfolg des Underdogs, eine Geschichte voller unvergesslicher Charaktere und mit viel Witz, die doch von einer leisen Melancholie durchwirkt ist. Mit einem Vorwort von Saša Stanišić.

Der Mann im grauen Flanell

Roman

Author: Sloan Wilson

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832187065

Category: Fiction

Page: 446

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Der amerikanische Klassiker in neuer Übersetzung Tom und Betsy Rath sind ein junges Paar, sie haben drei gesunde Kinder, ein schönes Zuhause in einem netten Vorort von New York und ein regelmäßiges, wenn auch nicht üppiges Einkommen. Eigentlich haben sie allen Grund, glücklich zu sein. Doch irgendwie sind sie es nicht. Tom pendelt Tag für Tag in die Stadt, wo er einem unspektakulären Bürojob nachgeht – seit er aus dem Krieg zurückgekehrt ist, hat er sich ohnehin verändert, ist verschlossen und launisch. Betsy fühlt sich unverstanden. Nach einem Karriereschritt hat Tom bald keine Zeit mehr für sein Privatleben. Ist es das, was Tom wirklich will? Als er auf einen alten Kameraden aus dem Krieg trifft, gerät sein Alltag vollends aus den Fugen, Tom muss sich seiner Vergangenheit stellen und eine Entscheidung treffen, die sein Leben grundsätzlich verändern wird. ›Der Mann im grauen Flanell‹, im Original 1955 veröffentlicht und sofort ein Bestseller, vermittelt wie wenige andere Romane den Geist der fünfziger Jahre. Zu Recht gilt er als moderner Klassiker und verdient es, zusammen mit den Werken von Richard Yates, John Cheever und Raymond Carver genannt zu werden. Der Buchtitel war so treffend, dass er im Englischen zu einem feststehenden Begriff wurde. Nun liegt der Roman in einer zeitgemäßen deutschen Übersetzung vor.