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Women and Comedy

History, Theory, Practice
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ISBN-13:
9781611476446
Seiten:
280
Autor:
Peter Dickinson
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice brings together leading researchers from Canada, the United States, and Europe in an interdisciplinary collection of essays to chart the future of critical inquiry in gender and comedy studies.
Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice presents the most current international scholarship on the complexity and subversive potential of women’s comedic speech, literature, and performance. Earlier comedy theorists such as Freud and Bergson did not envision women as either the agents or audiences of comedy, only as its targets. Only more recently have scholarly studies of comedy begun to recognize and historicize women’s contributions to—and political uses of—comedy. The essays collected here demonstrate the breadth of current scholarship on gender and comedy, spanning centuries of literature and a diversity of methodologies.

Through a reconsideration of literary, theatrical, and mass media texts from the Classical period to the present, Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice responds to the historical marginalization and/or trivialization of both women and comedy. The essays collected in this volume assert the importance of recognizing the role of women and comedy in order to understand these texts, their historical contexts, and their possibilities and limits as models for social engagement. In the spirit of comedy itself, these analyses allow for opportunities to challenge and reevaluate the theoretical approaches themselves.


Contents





Acknowledgments





List of Illustrations








Preface000


Regina Barreca








Introduction: Dorothy Parker’s Headache





Peter Dickinson, Anne Higgins, Paul Matthew St. Pierre, Diana Solomon, Sean


Zwagerman








Part I: Histories, Politics and Forms





Laughing Aphrodite





Laurie O’Higgins





Comedy in Ancient Greece and Rome: What Was Funny, Whose Humor Was It,


and How Do We Explain the Jokes without Killing Them?





Barbara Gold





Mary and Her Sisters





Anne Higgins





Feminist Humor without Women: The Challenge of Reading (in) the Middle Ages





Lisa Perfetti





Laugh, or Forever Hold Your Peace: Comic Crowd Control


in Margaret Cavendish’s Dramatic Prologues and Epilogues





Diana Solomon





Domestic Manners of the Americans: A Transatlantic Phenomenon





Linda Morris





Part II: Approaches, Texts and Audiences





The Business of British Burlesque





Jacky Bratton





The Comic Bodies and Obscene Voices of Burlesque





Joanna Mansbridge





Elsie and Doris Waters: Four Songs





Paul Matthew St. Pierre





“I’m Daphne”: On the Comedy of Cross-Dressing and Metamorphosis


in Wilder’s Some Like it Hot, Lubitsch’s I Don’t Want to be a Man,


and Ovid’s Metamorphoses





Kay Young





Biting the Hand that Feeds Her: Patronage and Comedy


in Nineteenth-Century Theatre





Gilli Bush-Bailey





Out of the Box: Comedy in Disability Theater by Canadian Women





Kirsty Johnston








Part III: Topics, Theories and Practices





Humoring the Female Pol: Irony, Consciousness-Raising,


and “Third-Culture” Discourse





Tarez Samra Graban





An American Treasure: The Wit and Wisdom of Ann Coulter


A Cautionary Tale: Ann Coulter and the Failure of Humor





Sean Zwagerman








Lesbian Stand-Up Comics and the Politics of Laughter





Joanne Gilbert


Layla Siddiqui as Holy Fool in Little Mosque on the Prairie





Shannon Hengen





Postmodernity and the Gendered Uses of Political Satire





Lisa Colletta








Coda: Try This at Home





Peter Dickinson








Bibliography





Contributors





Index