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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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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Humor

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Wit and humor

Page: N.A

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Untamed and Unabashed

Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature

Author: Regina Barreca

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814321362

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

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In Untamed and Unabashed, Regina Barreca, noted authority on women and humor, examines the use of humor in the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Elizabeth Bowen, Muriel Spark, and Fay Weldon. She analyzes the ways that each writer uses comedic devices, especially those involving language itself, and discusses the gendered basis of their humor, providing a provocative feminist perspective on gender and comedy. Each of the essays argues that conservative critics have misread and misunderstood the importance of humor in the works of these women authors, and that women's humor serves to explode conventions oppressive to women and to offer women readers a critique of, and an alternative perspective on, the dominant cultural ideologies that contain and oppress them. The book concludes that these authors strategically deployed humor, coded in forms that women readers-but not men readers-would recognize and understand, as a means of educating and empowering those women readers. Barreca asserts that much of women's comic play has to do with power and its systematic misappropriation, allowing women to gain perspective by ridiculing the implicit insanities of a patriarchal culture. Using detailed persuasive new readings of various works of each of her chosen authors, she shows how the straightjacket of conventional femininity is challenged, confronted, and finally, thrown off. This volume demonstrates that comedy can effectively channel anger and rebellion by first making them appear to be acceptable and temporary phenomena, and then by harnessing the released energies, rather than dispersing them. This kind of comedy, which is at the heart of Untamed and Unabashed, terrifies those who hold order dear. It should.
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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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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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Choice

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

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

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

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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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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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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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Joke-Performance in Africa

Mode, Media and Meaning

Author: Ignatius Chukwumah

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351668889

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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Jokes have always been part of African culture, but never have they been so blended with the strains and gains of the contemporary African world as today. Joke-Performance in Africa describes and analyses the diverse aesthetics, forms, and media of jokes and their performance and shows how African jokes embody the anxieties of the time and space in which they are enacted. The book considers the pervasive phenomenon of jokes and their performance across Africa in such forms as local jests, street jokes, cartoons, mchongoano, ewhe-eje, stand-up comedy, internet sex jokes, and ‘comicast’ transmitted via modern technology media such as the TV, CDs, DVDs, the internet platforms of YouTube, Facebook, and other social arenas, as well as live performances. Countries represented are Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, and Zambia, covering the North, West, East and Southern Africa. The book explores the description of the joke form from various perspectives, ranging from critical discourse analysis, interviews, humour theories, psychoanalysis, the postcolony and technauriture, to the interactive dramaturgy of joke-performances, irrespective of media and modes of performance. Containing insightful contributions from leading African scholars, the book acquaints readers with detailed descriptions of the diverse aesthetics of contemporary African jokes, thereby contributing to the current understanding of joke-performance in Africa. It will appeal to students and scholars of African studies, popular culture, theatre, performance studies and literary studies.
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Humour, Comedy and Laughter

Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life

Author: Lidia Dina Sciama

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1782385436

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

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Anthropological writings on humor are not very numerous or extensive, but they do contain a great deal of insight into the diverse mental and social processes that underlie joking and laughter. On the basis of a wide range of ethnographic and textual materials, the chapters examine the cognitive, social, and moral aspects of humor and its potential to bring about a sense of amity and mutual understanding, even among different and possibly hostile people. Unfortunately, though, cartoons, jokes, and parodies can cause irremediable distress and offence. Nevertheless, contributors' cross-cultural evidence confirms that the positive aspects of humor far outweigh the danger of deepening divisions and fueling hostilities
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