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An examination of superiority theory and power relations within the British sitcom Blackadder.

    This dissertation explores the role of superiority theory and power relations within Blackadder in relation to class and spatial awareness, to see how laughter and joke telling work as expressions of power and audience engagement up to and including the final series, Blackadder Goes Forth. The character of Blackadder is forever in a fight to gain more power over his peers and retain his power from his superiors. Blackadder steps down the social scale throughout the series, but the overall structure within the “trio” of main characters remains the same. Chapter 1 defines superiority theory and explores power relations and the butt of the joke. Chapter 2 explores spatial awareness and the structure of situational comedy, highlighting the importance of each within the overall series of Blackadder. Chapter 3 combines these findings and applies them to Blackadder Goes Forth and the final episode “Goodbyeee”, to interrogate when laughter and power shift. The thesis found that superiority theory applies not just to the characters, but to an audience, and that power relations are critically linked. Spatial awareness was critical to Blackadder after the first series due to the move to studio filming and this went hand-in-hand with the structure of situational comedy, superiority theory and power relations.

    Exploring Henry Jenkins’ definition of “fan culture”

      Henry Jenkins defines Fan Culture in their book Convergence Culture as “Culture that is produced by fans and other amateurs for circulation through an underground economy and that draws much of its content from the commercial culture.” (2006, p. 285). This essay explores this definition with reference to some of his other works, such as, Textual Poachers (2013) and Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers. (2006).

      Research Report: Star Trek Fan Culture

        A report exploring Star Trek‘s fan culture and pracices, divided into three website analysis, a look at an E-Discussion, a critical review of a journal article and a detailed appendix.

        Blackadder contextualized

          A contextual report exploring Blackadder, focusing on the Reception, Institutions and Personell involved in its creation.

          Discuss how Spike Lee approaches genre

            This essay explores the methods in which Spike Lee approaches genre, with reference to two of his films, Do the Right Thing (1989) and BlacKkKlansman (2018).

            First Class!

              I am thrilled to have graduated form the University of Portsmouth with a First Class BA (Hons) Film Studies degree, along with receiving the No. 6 Prize Award for academic excellence, and the School of Film and Media Best Film Studies Student award.