2.6: Satire, Context & Curation


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In episode 6 of season 2, Jo and Adam talk to Dr Sarah Burnage, curator of Fairfax House, about the peculiar challenge of presenting historical satire to contemporary audiences. Is satire more dependant on context than other literary forms, comedic or otherwise? What happens when satire is severed from its moment of production? When does satire becomes propaganda or misinformation? Sarah talks about her longstanding interest in eighteenth-century art history, and how she came to forge a career in the heritage industry. She also shares her experience curating an exhibition all about the savage satire of James Gillray in the summer of 2019. In this episode, Adam and Jo and Sarah talk about:

  • Brexit
  • Bums
  • Carry On films
  • Chris Morris
  • Context
  • Corona Virus
  • Covid-19
  • Costume
  • Curation 
  • Dear Joan and Jericha
  • Deliveroo
  • Dwell Time
  • Fairfax House 
  • Fairfax Family 
  • Financial Crisis 
  • Georgian Entertainment
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Horatian Satire
  • Ivory Dildo
  • Jacob Rees Mogg
  • James Gillray
  • Joe Miller’s Jest: Or, The Wits Vade-Mecum (1739)
  • John Carr
  • Juvenallian Satire 
  • ‘Keeping up with the Georgians: Satire, Celebrity and Society’ at Fairfax House (2020)
  • National Trust
  • Nom, Nom, Nom
  • Offence
  • Peter Cook 
  • Pubic hair of the Prince of Wales’s lover
  • ‘Rape of the Lock’ by Alexander Pope 
  • ‘Savage Satire from the Pen of James Gillray’ at Fairfax House (2019)
  • Shropshire Farm Foods
  • Sponsorship 
  • Stewart Lee
  • Terry and June
  • Thomas Rowlandson
  • ‘Toadstool upon a Dung Heap’ by James Gillray 
  • The Simpsons
  • Twitter
  • York Research Unit for the Study of Satire (YRUSOS)

In the next episode, out in April, Jo and Adam will be talking to Dr Sharon Lockyer, Director of the Centre for Comedy Studies Research at Brunel University.