Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python


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Monty Python's Flying Circus was one of the most important and influential cultural phenomena of the 1970s. The British program was followed by albums, stage appearances, and several films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. In all, the comic troupe drew on a variety of cultural references that prominently figured in their sketches, and they tackled weighty matters that nonetheless amused their audiences.

In Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python, Tomasz Dobrogoszcz presents essays that explore the various touchstones in the television show and subsequent films. These essays look at a variety of themes prompted by the comic geniuses:

·The depiction of women
·Shakespearean influences
·British and American cultural representations
·Reactions from foreign viewers

This volume offers a distinguished discussion of Monty Python's oeuvre, exhibiting highly varied approaches from a number of perspectives, including gender studies, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies.

Featuring a foreword by Python alum Terry Jones, Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition will appeal to anyone interested in cultural history and media studies, as well as the general fans of Monty Python who want to know more about the impact of this groundbreaking group.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442237360
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2014
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tomasz Dobrogoszcz is assistant professor in the department of British literature and culture at the University of Łódz in Poland.

Table of Contents

Bibliographical Information
Foreword Terry Jones
Part One: Monty Python's Body and Death
1. "It's a Mr. Death or something. He has come about the reaping. I don't think we need any at the moment": Death and the Denial of Death in the Works of Monty Python
Katarzyna Małecka
2. The Body, Desire and the Abject: The Corpse and Cannibalism in Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketches
Edyta Lorek-Jezińska
3. The Representation of Women in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Katarzyna Poloczek
Part Two: Monty Python, The Fool
4. Monty Python and the Flying Feast of Fools
Stephen Butler and Wojciech Klepuszewski
5. "How fortunate we are indeed to have such a poet on these shores": Shakespeare, Monty Python and the Tradition of the Wise Fool
Miguel Ángel González Campos
6. The Village Idiot and His Relation to the Unconscious
Tomasz Dobrogoszcz
Part Three: Monty Python Goes Abroad
7. The British Look Abroad: Monty Python and the Foreign
Tomasz Dobrogoszcz
8. 20th Century Vole, Mr. Neutron, and Spam: Portrayals of American Culture in the Work of Monty Python
Kevin F. Kern
9. Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus: the Unique German Show
Adam Sumera
Part Four: Pythonian Aesthetics and Beyond
10. Eric Idle and the Counterculture
Richard Mills
11. Kitsch Britannia in Monty Python's Flying Circus
Justyna Stępień
List of Contributors
About the Contributors
About the Editor

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