Spitting Image and Pre-Televisual Political Satire: Graphics and Puppets to Screens

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Kiene Brillenburg

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Abstract: In this article, I read the satire TV show "Spitting Image" as a virtual archive of eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century graphic satire (John Gillray, George Cruikshank) and nineteenth-century street puppet-theatre (Punch and Judy). Though innovative as satire TV, "Spitting Image" remediated the style of Georgian visual satire as well as the conventions of nineteenth-cenutry puppet theatre. This reading thus counters non-historical analyses of the show that have approached "Spitting Image" as being disconnected from pre-televisual satires.

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: Cet article propose une lecture du feuilleton télévisé satirique "Spitting Image" comme une archive virtuelle de deux sources historiques: les dessins satiriques des 18e et 19e siècles (John Gillray, George Cruikshank) et le théâtre de marionnettes de rue du 19e siècle (Punch et Judy). "Spitting Image" passe à juste titre comme une émission très novatrice, mais son format mérite d'être analysé comme la "re-médiation" de formes plus anciennes. La présente lecture se propose donc de donner la réplique aux critiques historiquement non fondées qui insistent sur la solution de continuité entre "Spitting Image" et les formes satiriques antérieures à l'ère télévisée.

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Kiene Brillenburg, Utrecht University

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth is associate professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. Her books include Het leven van teksten. Een inleiding in de literatuurwetenschap (with Ann Rigney) (2006, 2008), Musically Sublime (2009), Between Page and Screen (2011). She has published in peer-reviewed volumes and journals. Her research focuses on intermediality. Currently, she is project leader of the NWO-funded research project Back to the Book.

Website:

http://kienebrillenburgwurth.wordpress.com/

Project website:

http://backbooks.wordpress.com/

Email:

C.A.W.BrillenburgWurth@uu.nl