Gender and Laughter

Comic Affirmation and Subversion in Traditional and Modern Media

Author: Gaby Pailer

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042026723

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 386

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This essay collection is dedicated to intersections between gender theories and theories of laughter, humour, and comedy. It is based on the results of a three-year research programme, entitled “Gender – Laughter – Media” (2003-2006) and includes a series of investigations on traditional and modern media in western cultures from the 18th to the 20th century. A theoretical opening part is followed by four thematic sections that explore the multiple forms of irritating stereotypical gender perceptions; aspects of (post-)colonialism and multiculturalism; the comic impact of literary and media genres in different national cultures; as well as the different comic strategies in fictional, philosophical, artistic or real life communication. The volume presents a variety of new approaches to the overlaps between gender and laughter that have only barely been considered in groundbreaking research. It forms a valuable read for scholars of literary, theatre, media, and cultural studies, at the same time reaching out to a general readership.
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Maxine Hong Kingston

Author: Helena Grice

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847795633

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Since the publication of The Woman Warrior in 1976, Maxine Hong Kingston has gained a reputation as one of the most popular -- and controversial -- writers in the Asian American literary tradition. In this volume Grice traces Kingston's development as a writer and cultural activist through both ethnic and feminist discourses, investigating her novels, occasional writings and her two-book 'life-writing project'. The publication of The Woman Warrior not only propelled Kingston into the mainstream literary limelight, but also precipitated a vicious and ongoing controversy in Asian American letters over the authenticity -- or fakery -- of her cultural references. Grice traces the debates through the appearance of China Men (1981), as well as the novels, Tripmaster Monkey (1989) and her most recent work, The Fifth Book of Peace. Maxine Hong Kingston will be of value to students and academics researching in the areas of diaspora writing, contemporary American and Asian- Amercianfiction, as well as feminist and postcolonial literature.
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Humor

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Wit and humor

Page: N.A

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Literature, gender, space

Author: Sonia Villegas López,Beatriz Domínguez García

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788495699060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 275

View: 1975

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Song and sketch transcripts of British music hall performers Elsie and Doris Waters

Author: Elsie Waters,Doris Waters,Paul Matthew St. Pierre

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

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This is the first book, scholarly or popular, on Elsie and Doris Waters, the most successful female double-act in the history of British music hall and variety. They distinguished themselves in the male-dominated field and in the movement of female artists who, after WWI, elected not to marry, the better to pursue their careers. Elsie and Doris Waters wrote almost all their own comic songs and sketches, created an original gynocentric comedy, anticipating feminist movements, controlled their means of production in the male-dominated British stage, radio, and recording industries, and performed together in Britain and around the Commonwealth for half a century. This study shows them to be precursors of contemporary female double-acts and patter-based comedians such as French and Saunders, Flanders and Swann, Beyond the Fringe, and Monty Python's Flying Circus. The study also contains fifty transcribed songs and sketches, their original compositions and arrangements, from recordings on 78rpm gramophone records made between 1929 and 1944. The words to their entire oeuvre of songs and sketches have never before been available in print.
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Cannibal fictions

American explorations of colonialism, race, gender and sexuality

Author: Jeff Berglund

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr

ISBN: 9780299215903

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

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Objects of fear and fascination, cannibals have long signified an elemental "otherness," an existence outside the bounds of normalcy. In the American imagination, the figure of the cannibal has evolved tellingly over time, as Jeff Berglund shows in this study encompassing a strikingly eclectic collection of cultural, literary, and cinematic texts. Cannibal Fictions brings together two discrete periods in U.S. history: the years between the Civil War and World War I, the high-water mark in America's imperial presence, and the post-Vietnam era, when the nation was beginning to seriously question its own global agenda. Berglund shows how P. T. Barnum, in a traveling exhibit featuring so-called "Fiji cannibals," served up an alien "other" for popular consumption, while Edgar Rice Burroughs in his Tarzan of the Apes series tapped into similar anxieties about the eruption of foreign elements into a homogeneous culture. Turning to the last decades of the twentieth century, Berglund considers how treatments of cannibalism variously perpetuated or subverted racist, sexist, and homophobic ideologies rooted in earlier times. Fannie Flagg's novel Fried Green Tomatoes invokes cannibalism to new effect, offering an explicit critique of racial, gender, and sexual politics (an element to a large extent suppressed in the movie adaptation). Recurring motifs in contemporary Native American writing suggest how Western expansion has, cannibalistically, laid the seeds of its own destruction. And James Dobson's recent efforts to link the pro-life agenda to allegations of cannibalism in China testify still further to the currency and pervasiveness of this powerful trope. By highlighting practices that preclude the many from becoming one, these representations of cannibalism, Berglund argues, call into question the comforting national narrative of e pluribus unum.
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Rank ladies

gender and cultural hierarchy in American vaudeville

Author: M. Alison Kibler

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 283

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An illuminating study of vaudeville, this book shows how women--as performers, patrons, and workers--influenced its rise and fall as Americas favorite form of live entertainment.
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Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

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Women's spaces, women's visions

politics, poetics, and resistance in African women's drama

Author: Katwiwa Mule

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9781592215614

Category: History

Page: 322

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Laughing Matters

The Paradox of Comedy

Author: Scott Cutler Shershow

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870235092

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 151

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This book explores the paradoxes of theatrical comedy which emerge both in comic theater and in efforts to discern its meaning. Scott Cutler Shershow views comedy not only as the classical "mirror of nature," but also as a tradition of performance whose familiar conventions reflect our own opposing visions of human life: criticism or acceptance of the world, cynicism or optimism, derision or forgiveness. The very act of evaluating comedy also reveals its paradoxical nature, as critics become caught up in what Shershow calls comedy's "constantly shifting perspective." In examining the basic building blocks of comic nature--plot and character--Shershow discovers a pattern of critical contradiction that ironically defines the paradox of comedy itself. He then looks at classical comic plays by Plautus, Machiavelli, and Middleton, focusing on the ironic tensions with the themes of money and lust. Then, seeking a still deeper truth within the nature of performance itself, Shershow analyzes such plays as Euripides' Helen, Beckett's Endgame, Mayakovsky's Mystery Bouffe, and Shaw's Man and Superman. Here he finds a transcendence of irony, as optimism and reconciliation emerge as genuine alternatives to ironic pretense.
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Feasting our eyes

Author: Laura Ann Lindenfeld

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: 279

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Women of Color

Defining the Issues, Hearing the Voices

Author: Diane Long Hoeveler,Janet K. Boles

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313314148

Category: Education

Page: 217

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People of color and women continue to face prejudice and discrimination in contemporary society. Women's studies programs have only recently started to give attention to the particular issues faced by women of color. The contributors to this book examine the special concerns of women of color in the modern world, particularly in the United States and Latin America. The volume includes chapters on theoretical aspects of race, gender, and identity, discusses literary works by American women of color, and looks at the place of women of color in higher education.
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Women and Comedy

History, Theory, Practice

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

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1611476445

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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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.
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