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Author Schechter, Joel, 1947-
Title Satiric impersonations : from Aristophanes to the Guerrilla Girls / Joel Schechter.
Imprint Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1994]

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Author Schechter, Joel, 1947-
Subject Impersonation.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 188 pages)
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Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-179) and index.
Summary In this entertaining and provocative new work, Joel Schechter selectively surveys political satire covering a wide range of periods and events from Aristophanes to the present. His absorbing essays focus on the satires of Jonathan Swift, Charlie Chaplin, Will Rogers, Dario Fo, and the Guerrilla Girls, among others. Schechter furthermore examines how the histrionic behavior of some politicians and world leaders has prompted them to become unwitting contributors to political satire. He argues that these politicians are as theatrical, if not as comic, as the plays, pamphlets, and films in which they are satirically impersonated. As examples, he cites Hitler, Stalin, and Reagan as performers whose "acts" rival anything a satirist could invent and any impersonation a comedian could stage. In Schechter's view, satiric impersonation is not only an art form through which one living person appears to be another, it is also an act that reveals that the person imitated is an imposter. For example, he comments that "while Hitler conquered Europe, Chaplin [in his film The Great Dictator] in his own way conquered Hitler; adding him to a repertoire that included the Little Tramp and (later) Bluebeard." Schechter approaches satire with candor and humor, personalizing his text by concluding with a memoir of his own brief career as an actor-politician.
Contents Introduction: The Great Carnival of Time -- 1. Senators Aristophanes, Kennedy, and Dole -- 2. Jonathan Swift and the Guerrilla Girls -- 3. David Crockett Goes to Washington, Will Rogers Stays Home -- 4. The Last Days of Karl Kraus, First Nights of Gunter Wallraff -- 5. "The Leading Actor Played the Fuhrer": Hitler as Chaplin's Double -- 6. Stalin and His Doubles -- 7. The Trials of Daniel Berrigan -- 8. Dario Fo, Trumpets and Raspberries -- 9. Reagan, the Teleprompter President -- 10. Abbie Hoffman's Other Life -- 11. Confessions of an Actor-Politician -- Conclusion: The Gorbachev Look-Alike Contest.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 0585106681 (electronic bk.)
9780585106687 (electronic bk.)
9780809318674 (cloth)
9780809318681 (pbk.)
OCLC # 43475984
Additional Format Print version: Schechter, Joel, 1947- Satiric impersonations. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1994 0809318679 (DLC) 93007619 (OCoLC)27897591
Table of Contents
 Introduction: The Great Carnival of Time1
1Senators Aristophanes, Kennedy, and Dole7
2Jonathan Swift and the Guerrilla Girls20
3David Crockett Goes to Washington, Will Rogers Stays Home34
4The Last Days of Karl Kraus, First Nights of Gunter Wallraff46
5"The Leading Actor Played the Fuhrer": Hitler as Chaplin's Double64
6Stalin and His Doubles73
7The Trials of Daniel Berrigan80
8Dario Fo, Trumpets and Raspberries92
9Reagan, the Teleprompter President107
10Abbie Hoffman's Other Life123
11Confessions of an Actor-Politician136
 Conclusion: The Gorbachev Look-Alike Contest153

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