Thompson, Ethan.

Parody and taste in postwar American television culture / Ethan Thompson. - New York : Routledge, 2011. - x, 168 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. - Routledge advances in television studies ; no. 1 .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction : the parodic impulse in the (Not-So) fabulous Fifties -- The new, sick sense: the mediation of America's health and humor at midcentury -- What, me subversive? MAD Magazine and the textual strategies and cultural politics of parody -- The parodic sensibility and the sophisticated gaze : masculinity and taste in Playboy's Penthouse -- Ernie Kovacs and the logics of television parody and electronic trickery -- Black tie, straightjacket : Oscar Levant's sick life on TV -- Conclusion : television for people who hate television?

9780415886383 (hbk) 9780203832936 (ebk)

Television broadcasting--Social aspects--United States.
Television broadcasting--History--United States--20th century.
Popular culture--History--United States--20th century.

PN1992.3.U5 / T486

302.2345 / T486

English |