The European Journal of Humour Research

Vol 7, No 2 (2019)

Book review. Milner Davis, Jessica (ed.) (2017). Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Heritage and Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard


Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Heritage and Practice, edited by Jessica Milner Davis, explores the multifaceted connections between satire and politics in the Anglosphere, with a particular focus on Australasia. Its nine chapters present research in literary and cultural history, visual and media studies as well as quantitative research on the impact of satire and broader reflections on satire. With topics ranging from the representation of the larrikin in political cartooning to the political co-option of satire, Satire and Politics is a well-rounded collection that I strongly recommend. At once timely and rooted in history, the volume provides a critical perspective on the current overwhelming presence of satire in multiple media (particularly television satire and political cartoons), while grounding its exploration in historical research.


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