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America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy (Education, Politics and Public Life) 2011th Edition

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"America According to Colbert 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

"America According to Colbert 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 Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA where she directs the Center for Global Studies and the graduate program in Comparative Literature.
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Product Details

  • Series: Education, Politics and Public Life
  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2011 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: #768,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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...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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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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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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sophia a. mcclennen's new book colbert's america: satire and democracy (palgrave mcmillan 2012) is a timely take on the current situation of US-american society and politics; mcclennen continues to publish outstanding and socially relevant scholarship: her previous books, the single-authored "colbert: satire as public pedagogy" (palgrave macmillan (2011), "ariel dorfman: an aesthetics of hope" (duke UP 2010), and "the dialectics of exile: nation, time, and language in hispanic literatures" (purdue UP 2004) and the edited volumes "representing humanity in an age of terror (with henry james morello, purdue UP 2010), "comparative cultural studies and latin america" (with earl e. fitz, purdue UP 2004; the volume is also available in a previous collection in the open-access learned journal clcweb: comparative literature and culture 9.1 (2007): docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb [purdue UP]) puts mcclennen to the forefront of humanities and social sciences thought not only in the US but globally; her latest single-authored book -- "colbert's america: satire and democracy" (palgrave mcmillan 2012) -- is not only premier scholarship, but also a text welcome and read by a wide readership not academic only: i recommend it to anyone concerned with the processes and importance of democracy not only in the US, but everywhere.

steven totosy de zepetnek phd professor
purdue university & purdue university press
*editor, clcweb: comparative literature and culture
*series editor, purdue books in comparative cultural studies
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