Satire and Politics

The Interplay of Heritage and Practice

  • Jessica Milner Davis

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)

About this book


‘Undoubtedly a significant volume on the study of the interplay between politics and satire. Highlighting satire's open meanings and manifestation in untold forms, the book is informed by an impressive level of historical analysis.’
- Alex Sutton, International Relations, University of Chichester, UK

‘Places political humor in compelling contexts. A must-read for students of global satire in the Digital Age.’
- Paul Lewis, Boston College, USA. Author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict (2006)

This book examines the multi-media explosion of contemporary political satire. Rooted in 18th century Augustan practice, satire’s indelible link with politics underlies today’s universal disgust with the ways of elected politicians. This study interrogates the impact of British and American satirical media on political life, with a special focus on political cartoons and the levelling humour of Australasian satirists.


political satire Western and Australasian context political rhetoric satiric mode American political discourse Australia and New Zealand ideals of democracy political realities political dissatisfaction politicians cartoons satirists

Editors and affiliations

  • Jessica Milner Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Literature, Art and MediaUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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