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New Perspectives on Women and Comedy

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The twenty-one original essays in this volume explore the way women have used humor to break down cultural stereotypes between the genders. Examples from literature and the performing arts deal with humor and violence, humor and disability, humor and the supposition of women's shame, lesbian and ethnic humor and particularly women's responses to men's humor. The essayists present traditional issues from new perspectives and take us from Italy in the Renaissance to today's New York comedy clubs. They may make you ...
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Overview

The twenty-one original essays in this volume explore the way women have used humor to break down cultural stereotypes between the genders. Examples from literature and the performing arts deal with humor and violence, humor and disability, humor and the supposition of women's shame, lesbian and ethnic humor and particularly women's responses to men's humor. The essayists present traditional issues from new perspectives and take us from Italy in the Renaissance to today's New York comedy clubs. They may make you laugh; they may make you nervous. They will certainly make you reevaluate the importance of placing women at the center of a discussion of comedy.
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Editorial Reviews

John Galvin
'Recuperating women's laughter is a key strategy in increasing women's power, and no more presents the full range and power of that humor more impressively than Regina Barreca.'
Nancy Walker
'...reveals the dynamic changes and undercurrents reshaping the women's humor. Its wide-ranging essays will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782881245343
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Studies in Gender and Culture
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
1 Making Trouble: An Introduction 1
2 What to Do with Helen Keller Jokes: A Feminist Act 13
3 Just Kidding: Gender and Conversational Humor 23
4 Roseanne Barr: Canned Laughter - Containing the Subject 39
5 Belly Laughs and Naked Rage: Resisting Humor in Karen Finley's Performance Art 47
6 Sylvia Talks Back 57
7 Why Women Cartoonists Are Rare, And Why That's Important 65
8 Return the Favor 85
9 The Parallel Lives of Kathy and Mo 89
10 The Politics of Humor: An Interview with Margaret Drabble 101
11 Wendy Cope's Struggle with Strugnell in Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis 111
12 A Duel of Wits and the Lesbian Romance Novel or Verbal Intercourse in Fictional Regency England 123
13 Louise Erdrich as Nanapush 135
14 Confirming the Place of "The Other": Gender and Ethnic Identity in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior 143
15 Feminist Humorist of the 1920s: The "Little Insurrections" of Florence Guy Seabury 157
16 Irony and Ambiguity in Grace King's "Monsieur Motte" 169
17 Violence and Comedy in the Works of Flannery O'Connor 185
18 Laughter as Feminine Power in The Color Purple and A Question of Silence 193
19 The Goblin Ha-Ha: Hidden Smiles and Open Laughter in Jane Eyre 201
20 The Art of Courting Women's Laughter 213
21 The Ancestral Laughter of the Streets: Humor in Muriel Spark's Earlier Works 223
Index 241
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