The Rhetoric of Brexit Humour
Comedy, Populism and the EU Referendum
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Since 2016 there has been an outpouring of humour, comedy and satire on the United Kingdom’s EU Referendum and decision to leave the EU, or Brexit. This book examines the relationship between Brexit and its comedy, exploring how Brexit and comedy are connected in both Leave and Remain discourse.
It argues that both populism and comedy are rhetorical in nature and so are linked through their semantic structure and communicative potential. Considering the incongruities that Brexit presents for British society, the author analyses the populism that has emerged from those incongruities in the form of ironic, ambiguous and dichotomous discourse. Through analysis of a range of comedy on the EU Referendum and Brexit, including material from stand-up and situation comedy, and political satire of various types, The Rhetoric of Brexit Humour examines the way in which comedy acts as a rhetoric that draws on, supports and attacks the discourses of Brexit. This provides not just an advance in our understanding of political satire but also a clearer description of the nature of populism.
This book will appeal to sociologists, political scientists, media and communications scholars, and anyone interested in Brexit, populism and comedy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Brexit and Comedy
1. Leave or Remain? Unpacking the Incongruities of the EU Referendum and Brexit
2. Brexit, Irony and Populist Politics
3. ‘Brexit means Breakfast’: The Language of Brexit and Comedy
4. Brexit, Social Class and Comedy
5. Leave Supporters, Comedy Politicians and Social Media
6. Remain Supporters, Stand-Up Comedy and Satire
7. ‘Deal or no deal’: Incongruity, Transition and the Shifting Landscape of Brexit
Epilogue: Politics and Satire in Post-Referendum Britain
Simon Weaver is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Brunel University London, UK. He is also the author of The Rhetoric of Racist Humour.