English Research Seminar: Rob Hawkes, 'Uncertainty, Authenticity, and Trust in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'

03 May 2017
Public event:
4.30PM - 5.30PM
Booking required:
The Curve - T2.03, The Curve
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Name: Rob Hawkes
T: 01642 384059

Rob Hawkes, 'This isn’t a mistake, this is my act: Uncertainty, Authenticity, and Trust in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'

For some, Stewart Lee's comedy performances amount to little more than self-indulgent, postmodern navel-gazing while others accuse Lee of elitism, intellectual snobbery and exhibiting contempt for his audience.

This paper will argue on the contrary, that the complex self-reflexivity of Lee's stand-up, focusing particularly on his BBC2 television series Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009–2016), dramatises a set of pressing contemporary concerns surrounding questions of uncertainty, authenticity and trust while also offering a powerful critique of both reactionary and liberal political standpoints.

Dr Rob Hawkes is a Senior Lecturer in English. He is author of Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and co-editor of three volumes of essays on Ford’s writing. He is co-founder of the Cultures of Trust research network and is currently writing a monograph on literature, trust, money, and modernity.

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