Gender And Laughter

Gender And Laughter

by Gaby Pailer
     
 

This essay collection is dedicated to intersections between gender theories and theories of laughter, humour, and comedy. It is based on the results of a three-year research programme, entitled “Gender – Laughter – Media” (2003-2006) and includes a series of investigations on traditional and modern media in western cultures from the 18th to the… See more details below

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This essay collection is dedicated to intersections between gender theories and theories of laughter, humour, and comedy. It is based on the results of a three-year research programme, entitled “Gender – Laughter – Media” (2003-2006) and includes a series of investigations on traditional and modern media in western cultures from the 18th to the 20th century. A theoretical opening part is followed by four thematic sections that explore the multiple forms of irritating stereotypical gender perceptions; aspects of (post-)colonialism and multiculturalism; the comic impact of literary and media genres in different national cultures; as well as the different comic strategies in fictional, philosophical, artistic or real life communication. The volume presents a variety of new approaches to the overlaps between gender and laughter that have only barely been considered in groundbreaking research. It forms a valuable read for scholars of literary, theatre, media, and cultural studies, at the same time reaching out to a general readership.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789042026728
Publisher:
Rodopi
Publication date:
10/16/2009
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Gaby Pailer: Introduction
I. Gender – Laughter – Media: Theoretical Crossings
Stefan Horlacher: A Short Introduction to Theories of Humour, the Comic, and Laughter
Andreas Böhn: Subversions of Gender Identities through Laughter and the Comic?
II. Gender B(l)ending: The Comic Impact of Cross-Dressing and Body Alteration
Jessica Hamann: “Kiss a white Galathea, she will laugh and blush”: Laughter, Blush, and Gender Roles in Gottfried
Keller’s Novella Cycle A Formula for Love. The Epigram (1881)
Beth Pentney: “A comic turn, turned serious”: Humour, Body Modification, and the Natural in Fay Weldon’s The Life and Loves of a She Devil
Raluca Cernahoschi: “From now on, I am Carmen”: Imagining Cross-Dressing as Comic Protest in the Life and Work of Romanian-German Author Franz Hodjak
Ulrich Scheck: Where No Woman Has Gone Before: Humour and Gender Crossing in Star Trek’s Voyager and Enterprise
Markus Hallensleben: “To be educated is to become a Harlequin”: Cross-Skinning as Carnivalesque Hybridity in
Michel Serres, Hannah Höch’s Dada, and Orlan’s Body Art
III. Cross-Cultural Encounters: Race, Gender, and the Comic
Gaby Pailer: Multi-Layered Conflicts with the Norm: Gender and Cultural Diversity in Two Comedies of the German Enlightenment
Sabine Wilke: Indigenous Laughter: The Voice of the Other in Tales from the “South Seas”
Gabrijela Mecky Zaragoza: Subverting the Pantragic Heroine: Nestroy against Hebbel
Jakub Kazecki: Black and White in Color or Black Victory? The Comic Effect of Displacement in the Film Noirs et blancs en couleur (1976) by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Karin Lornsen: The City as Stage of Transgression: Performance, Picaresque Reminiscences, and Linguistic Incongruity in Emine S. Özdamar’s The Bridge of the Golden Horn
IV. Gender, Genre, and the Comic: Literature, Radio,Television, and Cinema
Andreas Seidler: Moral Ideal and Physical Desire: Gender Roles, Sex, and Comic Elements in the Rococo Tales of
Christoph Martin Wieland
Birte Giesler: Social Satire, Literary Parody, and Gender Critique in French and German Fairy Tales of the Enlightenment: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Friederike Helene Unger
Ellie Kennedy: “But I’m a Lady!” Undoing Gender Bending in Contemporary British Radio Comedy
Peter Stear: Mockumentalism: Re-Casting the Void in Contemporary British TV Comedy
Christine Mielke: Couples and Friends: Comic Strategies and Social Structures in German and American Comedy Series
Frank Degler: Affirmative Humour in Bully Herbig’s Parody of Star Wars/Star Trek: (T)Raumschiff Surprise
V. Comic Strategies: Gender and Laughter in Literature, Theory, Communication, and Art
Susanne Bach: May I Laugh about Women’s Lib? or: The Difficult Relationship of Humour and Feminism in
Margaret Atwood, Caryl Churchill, and Helen Fielding
Stefan Börnchen: Aletheia as Striptease: Gendered Allegories of Truth in Heidegger, Gorgias, and Barthes
Volker Helbig: Judith Butler and the Problem of Adequacy, or: The Epistemological Dimension of Laughter
Caroline L. Rieger: Comparing Same-Gender and Opposite-Gender Conversations: a Laughing Matter?
Oliver C. Speck: The Joy of Anti-Art: Subversion through Humour in Dada
List of Contributors

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