Pretending to be a Normal Human Being: Peep Show, Sitcom, and the Momentary Invocation of Disability

Bolt, David (2016) Pretending to be a Normal Human Being: Peep Show, Sitcom, and the Momentary Invocation of Disability. Disability and Society, 31 (6). pp. 745-757. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

This interdisciplinary article presents research about the place of disability in the British sitcom Peep Show, whose 54 episodes span more than a decade in their transmission (2003-2015). The methodology of Critical Discourse Analysis is employed to probe the relationship between casual word choice and broader themes such as normalcy, humour, and social attitudes. This analysis is informed by classic and new work in cultural disability studies, as well as by work in literary studies and television studies. The conclusion is that, despite its apparent irrelevance to disability studies, Peep Show reveals much about conversational invocations of disability.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Society on 25th July 2016, available online:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687599.2016.1203292."
Keywords: Sitcom Cultural Disability Studies Peep Show Representation Satire Television
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: David Bolt
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 15:12
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 14:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475

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