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Colbert's America: Satire and Democracy (Education, Politics, and Public Life) Paperback – July 3, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1137014726 ISBN-10: 1137014725 Edition: Reissue

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Product Details

  • Series: Education, Politics, and Public Life
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Reissue edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137014725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137014726
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Colbert's America demonstrates that Colbert's work is also a form of public pedagogy, teaching his audiences to be distrustful of power and fools, and to view all politicians, pundits, and politics itself with mistrust. McClennen's well-written and documented study brilliantly illuminates the Colbert phenomenon and its importance for contemporary politics, journalism, and popular culture today." - Douglas Kellner, Professor, UCLA; author of Guys and Guns Amok and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy

"Colbert's America is beautifully readable and delightfully smart; rich in examples and conceptual frame. McClennen gives us a master class in the critical pedagogy of Colbert." - Geoffrey Baym, Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of North Carolina Greensboro

"An always insightful and often delightful reading of the most sustained and successful exercise in political satire in modern American life. Stephen Colbert would no doubt agree - well, about all but the 'satire' part. Let the eagle soar!" - Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information, University of California at Berkeley

About the Author

Sophia A. McClennen is a professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she directs the Center for Global Studies and the graduate program in Comparative Literature.

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Sophia A. McClennen works on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. Her books focus on cultural responses to complex social change, such as the satire of Stephen Colbert or the exile writing of Ariel Dorfman. She is interested in the ways that authors and artists creatively respond to crisis, but she is equally curious about the connections between political events and their media representations. She is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at Penn Sate University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leisa Rothlisberger on July 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
...and what's at stake. The Colbert Report is so popular that it has a major impact on the way people think about and engage politics. This book helps you analyze how it works. I respect what Colbert does, even though I know he is often motivated by getting lots of laughter; I think McClennen does too. She effectively acknowledges how funny the show is while also suggesting its potential for influencing audience members to think beyond the laughs. She balances smart criticism with a light-hearted anatomy of how Colbert takes advantage of his audience's desire to be smarter than the pundits and political systems he satirizes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amara L. Solari on July 9, 2012
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This is a fabulous book, a must read for understanding today's political climate and how humor can be used as a political tool. Strongly recommended to all members and should be members of the Colbert Nation!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Restall on July 6, 2012
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This is a must-read for fans of Colbert and for anyone interested at all in political satire. It is well researched, provocatively argued, and above all extremely readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eganc on July 14, 2012
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This is an insightful book for anyone wanting to know more about the complexities of the phenomenon that is "The Colbert Report." Considering the show from multiple angles--literary history, politics, and public pedagogy--the book shapes a compelling narration of recent cultural history and provides a keen critical reading of contemporary media. An enjoyable read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Welch follower on July 10, 2012
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Comedy has always had an impact on our poitical and social views, from All in the Family, to Saturday Night Live and now Steven Colbert. This book is thought provoking and will shed some light on Colbert's impact on this generation. You should buy this book!
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