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Performing Gender and Comedy : Theories, Texts and Contexts - Shannon Hengen

Performing Gender and Comedy

Theories, Texts and Contexts

Hardcover Published: 18th August 1998
ISBN: 9789056995393
Number Of Pages: 306

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This volume explores comedy as a place where gender and sexuality, through performance, challenge sexist and heteronormative forces in Western culture. The contributors investigate the effects of gender, sexuality, sexual identity, race, class and nationality on humor and comedic performance. Each chapter, distinct in its voice and content, addresses how particular historical periods seem to affect who laughs at what, why, and with what consequences. This book not only spans a broad range of historical and literary periods, it also engages in a critical conversation with past and present thinkers to articulate the political, cultural and social effects of comedy.

Introduction to the Series
List of Contributors
Earlier Literatures
The Male-Female Comedy Teamp. 3
Shakespeare's Rosalind: Charactor of Contingencyp. 21
"One Said a Jealous Wife Was Like": The Constructions of Wives and Husbands in Seventeenth-Century English Jestsp. 35
The Veiled Laugh: Women, the Body, and the Comic in Nineteenth-Century Francep. 47
Nothing Succeeds Like Excess: Lillian Shaw's Comedy and Sexuality on the Keith Vaudeville Circuitp. 59
Modern and Contemporary
Camp, Aestheticism, and Cultural Inclusiveness in Isherwood's Berlin Storiesp. 81
Being and Dying as a Woman in the Short Fiction of Dorothy Parkerp. 95
Comic Disruption in the Work of Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 111
New Forms
READ OUR LIPS: A Re(media)l Short Course on Liberating Lesbianismp. 131
Parody and Postmodern Sex: Humor in Thomas Pynchon and Tama Janowitzp. 149
The War on the Home Front: Comedy and Political Identity in the Work of Stewart Homep. 167
Heartburn, Humor and Hyperbole in Like Water for Chocolatep. 179
Sneaky Re-Views: Can Robert Townsend's Taste for Stereotypes Contribute Positively to Identity Politics?p. 199
Laughter, Loss, and Transformation in Fried Green Tomatoesp. 219
Performing Canadians
The "Attack Behind the Invitation": Gender Parody in Karen Hines's Pochsy's Lipsp. 233
"Raised by Poodles": An Interview with Sensible Footwearp. 249
Afterwordp. 267
Indexp. 269
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9789056995393
ISBN-10: 9056995391
Series: Studies in Humor & Gender
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 18th August 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1