She would say that, he's from Melbourne : fun and games with Dame Edna and Barry Humphries

Verhoeven, Deb and Morris, Brian 2009, She would say that, he's from Melbourne : fun and games with Dame Edna and Barry Humphries, Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 317-333.

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Title She would say that, he's from Melbourne : fun and games with Dame Edna and Barry Humphries
Author(s) Verhoeven, Deb
Morris, Brian
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 317
End page 333
Publisher University of Queensland
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 1444-3058
1835-6419
Keyword(s) Dame Edna Everage
Barry Humphries
satire and place
provincialism and globalisation
urban rivalry
Summary This article explores the role that urban place and specifically urban comparison play in the public performances of both the comedian Barry Humphries and the character Edna Everage. In developing Claire Colebrook's analysis of satire as a form of humour that is physically and historically located, we argue that the initial success of Humphries’ satire rests on his elaboration of a specific series of geo-social locations. The article then examines the ways in which Edna makes the local her own global, demonstrating how Barry Humphries has progressively modified and internationalised Edna's provincialism so that his satirical cultural project is understandable over five decades and beyond her origins in Melbourne.
Language eng
Field of Research 200204 Cultural Theory
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034360

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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