The ageing body in Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Line Nybro Petersen*

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This article analyses representations of the ageing body in the live televised show Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014). The famous satire group performed in the O2 arena in London, and the show was telecast live in cinemas and aired on television across the world. In the show, the group members, now in their 70s, reprise a series of their most popular sketches and introduce a few new sketches. This analysis focuses on the ways in which representations of the ageing body intersect with representations of gender and sexuality in order to discuss how the boundaries for appropriation and subversion become blurred in the context of the show. This article combines theory of mediatisation with cultural gerontology and feminist theory in order to bring these issues to light. I argue that the show offers an appropriation of the female ageing body – often exemplified through cross-dressing – but also a subversion of sexuality for ageing bodies (both male and female). This article forms part of ‘Media and the Ageing Body’ Special Issue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume21
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)382–394
ISSN1367-5494
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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The ageing body in Monty Python Live (Mostly). / Petersen, Line Nybro.

In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2018, p. 382–394.

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