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Look Who's Laugh : Stud/Gender/C - Gail Finney

Look Who's Laugh


Paperback Published: 22nd June 1994
ISBN: 9782881246456
Number Of Pages: 364

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Rather than analyzing women's humour in isolation, this study maps the terrain that the genders share and the areas that each holds exclusively. The essays investigate witty heroines, sexual parodies, domestic humour and romantic comedies, as well as erotic language, sexual jokes and humour-charged expression. With its emphasis on the roles that gender plays in the creation, reception and interpretation of comic art, the book looks critically at generic and gender diversity as well as comedy's underlying unities.

"'So-how often does a book of 'lit crit' make you giggle, snicker, snort, titter, and chuckle, while admiring its sagacity and perspicacity? Look Who's Laughing has jokes, wisdom, wit, stand-up comedy, anarchy, Roseanne, and Mae West. Who could ask for anything more?'." -Emily Toth of Southern Louisiana State University

Introduction to the Series
Introduction: Unity in Difference?p. 1
"That's How It Is": Comic Travesties of Sex and Gender in Early Sixteenth-Century Venicep. 17
Imagining Consummation: Women's Erotic Language in Comedies of Dekker and Shakespearep. 35
Dwindling into Wifehood: the Romantic Power of the Witty Heroine in Shakespeare, Dryden, Congreve, and Austenp. 53
Confinement Sharpens the Invention: Aphra Behn's The Rover and Susanna Centlivre's The Busie Bodyp. 81
Masquerade, Modesty, and Comedy in Hannah Cowley's The Belle's Strategemp. 99
The Sphinx Goes Wild(e): Ada Leverson, Oscar Wilde, and the Gender Equipollence of Parodyp. 119
When Women Laugh Wildly and (Gentle)Men Roar: Victorian Embodiments of Laughterp. 139
The Feminine Laughter of No Return: James Joyce and Dorothy Richardsonp. 161
Courtship, Comedy, and African-American Expressive Culture in Zora Neale Hurston's Fictionp. 173
Feminism/Gender/Comedy: Meredith, Woolf, and the Reconfiguration of Comic Distancep. 189
"Between the Gaps": Sex, Class and Anarchy in the British Comic Novel of World War IIp. 205
Alice Childress's Like One of the Family: Domestic and Undomesticated Domestic Humorp. 221
Funny, Isn't It?: Testing the Boundaries of Gender and Genre in Women's Detective Fictionp. 231
Hollywood, 1934: "Inventing" Romantic Comedyp. 257
Mae West Was Not a Man: Sexual Parody and Genre in the Plays and Films of Mae Westp. 275
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Sexism or Emancipation from Machismo?p. 299
Between the Laughter: Bridging Feminist Studies through Women's Stand-Up Comedyp. 315
Comic Strip-Tease: A Revealing Look at Women Cartoon Artistsp. 335
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9782881246456
ISBN-10: 2881246451
Series: Documenting the Image,
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 22nd June 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1