Performing Gender and Comedy: Theories, Texts and Contexts

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Shannon Eileen Hengen
Psychology Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 279 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

The MaleFemale Comedy Team
3
Charactor of Contingency
21
The Constructions
35
Women the Body and the Comic
47
Lillian Shaws Comedy
59
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY
81
Being and Dying as a Woman in the Short Fiction
95
Julie Giese
111
Humor in Thomas
149
Comedy and Political
167
Heartburn Humor and Hyperbole in Like Water
179
Can Robert Townsends Taste
199
Laughter Loss and Transformation in Fried Green
219
PERFORMING CANADIANS
233
An Interview with Sensible
249
Afterword
267

NEW FORMS
131

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