. The book offers a broad chronological approach to understanding the history and development of comedy from silent film to contemporary developments in radio, film and television comedy. It encourages understanding of different forms, modes and techniques of comedy in different media across different historical moments, relating these to shifting patterns of consumption and cultural meaning. It examines the social function of comedy, addresses issues of class, ethnicity and gender in comedy, explores specific issues of taste and the politics of representation, and considers ways in which cultural values are constructed, transmitted and sometimes contested through comedy. By focussing on a broad range of distinctive but easily-accessible textual examples and by offering suggestions for further work and reading, the book aims to encourage readers to make sense of film, television and radio comedy, examine the significance and function of comedy in society, and to consider the role of comedy in the construction of cultural values. This book will be of interest to a wide readership, and will provide an ideal introductory text for students on Media, Film, Communication and Cultural Studies programmes.
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