British Comedy and the End of Empire

Course Number: ENGL 122EE
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 122AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2020
Instructor: Salton-Cox, Glyn
Day(s): TR
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: GIRV 2129

What are the connections between the end of the British Empire and the emergence of a distinctly British form of comedy? How might we read classic texts of decolonization as comedic? And is there a distinct comedy of what became known as multiculturalism that emerges in London in the 1990s? Reading novels and some essays, and viewing television and radio episodes, this class aims to address these questions, amongst others. How also are we to understand the strange links between the imperialist family histories of famous – perhaps the most famous – British comedians Peter Cook and Spike Milligan? Finally, we might ask, is the breakdown of empire the foundation of 20th century British satire itself?