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ISBN-13: 9781477314524
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 12/06/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Linda Mizejewski is a professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the Ohio State University. Her most recent book is Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics.

Victoria Sturtevant is an associate professor of film and media studies and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of A Great Big Girl Like Me: The Films of Marie Dressler.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword (Kathleen Rowe Karlyn)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction (Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturtevant)
  • 1. Mabel Normand: New Woman in the Flapper Age (Kristine Brunovska Karnick )
  • 2. Fay Tincher: Female Rowdiness and Social Change (Joanna E. Rapf )
  • 3. Mae West: The Constant Sinner (Kristen Hatch)
  • 4. Fanny Brice’s New Nose: Beauty, Ethnicity, and Liminality (Kristen Anderson Wagner)
  • 5. Lucille Ball and the Lucy Character: Familiarity, Female Friendship, and the Anxiety of Competence (Lori Landay)
  • 6. Carol Burnett: Home, Horror, and Hilarity on The Carol Burnett Show (Linda Mizejewski)
  • 7. Lily Tomlin: Queer Sensibilities, Funny Feminism, and Multimedia Stardom (Suzanne Leonard)
  • 8. Moms Mabley and Wanda Sykes: “I’ma Be Me” (Bambi Haggins)
  • 9. Roseanne Barr: Remembering Roseanne (Rosie White )
  • 10. Whoopi Goldberg in Hollywood: Queering Comic Genre Genealogies (Rebecca Wanzo)
  • 11. Margaret Cho’s Army: “We Are the Baddest Motherfuckers on the Block” (Rebecca Krefting)
  • 12. Ellen DeGeneres’s Incorporate Body: The Politics of Authenticity (Brenda R. Weber and Joselyn K. Leimbach)
  • 13. Sarah Silverman: Cuteness as Subversion (Anthony P. McIntyre )
  • 14. Tina Fey: “Quality” Comedy and the Body of the Female Comedy Author (Julia Havas)
  • 15. Lena Dunham: Cringe Comedy and Body Politics (Maria Sulimma )
  • Works Cited
  • Contributors
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Jennifer M. Bean

"This stunning collection of original essays on American women comedians is a welcome treasure. It will no doubt earn pride of place with now canonical collections, and, in like manner, usher in a new generation of scholarship on the subject. Of equal importance, this book is a fun read, an experience at once intellectually festive and inspiring. It calls out to be adopted for classroom use and will also, I believe, encourage instructors to develop courses organized around it."

Mary Beth Haralovich

"Hysterical! offers a history of entertainment, a social history of women, and a history of feminist thought, as well as a history of funny women."

Kathleen Rowe Karlyn

"A milestone. Spanning generations of performers and scholars, Hysterical! testifies to the power of comedy to stimulate incisive conversations and build connections across the boundaries of time."

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