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The Political Mel Brooks
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Introduction: (Re)Discovering the Political Mel Brooks Chapter 1: The Popular (and Political) Mel Brooks: A Selective Review of Scholarship and Criticism Chapter 2: "Where the White Women At?" Demolishing the Myth of the West Chapter 3: "A Torch to Light the Way": The Visual Rhetoric of Blazing Saddles Chapter 4: The Very Rotten 1970s: Mel Brooks's Satire of Politics in the Age of Ford Chapter 5: Not Just a Dresser: To Be or Not to Be and the Case of Sasha Kinski Chapter 6: Spaceballs as Mel Brooks's Parodic Prophecy of Franchise Fascism Chapter 7: The Framing of Poverty in Mel Brooks's Life Stinks: A Content and Textual Analysis Chapter 8: What a Meshugenner! Mel Brooks's Politics of Jewish Humor Chapter 9: "When You Got It, Flaunt It": White Masculinity and Sexuality in The Producers (2005) Chapter 10: "We're Both Short Jews. That's Where It Ends.": The Problematics of Comparing Mel Brooks and Woody Allen

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Samuel Boerboom is associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre at Montana State University, Billings. Beth E. Bonnstetter is program director and associate professor of mass communication at Adams State University.

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