Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)making of Gender: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)making of Gender: Historical and Cultural Perspectives


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Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. Throughout history, it has played a crucial role in defining gender roles and identities. This collection offers an in-depth thematic examination of this relationship between humor and gender, spanning a variety of historical and cultural backdrops.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137473301
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 05/06/2015
Edition description: 2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

David Konstan, New York University, USA
Martha Bayless, University of Oregon, USA
Lisa Perfetti, Whitman College, USA
Mario Liong, Centennial College, Hong Kong
Jóhanna Friðriksdóttir, University of Reykjavik, Iceland
Olle Ferm, Skholm University, Sweden
Alexandre Mitchell, University of Oxford, UK
Kristine Steenbergh, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Anu Korhonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Didem Havlioğlu, Sehir University, Turkey

Table of Contents

General Introduction; Jonas Liliequist and Anna Foka PART I: LAUGHTER, HUMOR, AND MISOGYNY RECONSIDERATIONS AND NEW PERSPECTIVES Introduction; Anna Foka 1. Laughing at Ourselves: Gendered Humor in Classical Greece; David Konstan 2. Is the Comic World a Paradise for Women? Medieval Models of Portable Utopia; Martha Bayless 3. Taking Women's Work Seriously: Medieval Humor and the Gendering of Labor; Lisa Perfetti 4. Gender Subversion and the Early Christian East: Reconstructing the Byzantine Comic Mime; Anna Foka 5. Gossips' Mirth: Gender, Humor and Female Spectators in Ben Jonson's The Staple of News (1626); Kristine Steenbergh 6. The Magic of a Joke: Humor and Gender in Islamicate Ottoman Aesthetics; Didem Havlioğlu PART II: LAUGHTER, HUMOR, AND THE RHETORIC OF MANHOOD Introduction; Jonas Liliequist 7. Laughter, Sex and Violence: Constructing Gender in Early Modern English Jestbooks; Anu Korhonen 8. Horny priests and their Parishioners; Olle Ferm 9. Humor, women and male anxieties in ancient Greek visual culture; Alexandre G. Mitchell 10. Discipline and Humor: Hegemonic Masculinities in Three Pre-modern Chinese Humorous Texts; Mario Liong 11. Gender, Humor, and Power in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature; Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir 12. Laughing at the Unmanly Man in Early Modern SwedenL Jonas Liliequist

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