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Gender and Humor

Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Delia Chiaro, Raffaella Baccolini


360 pages

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In the mid-seventies, both gender studies and humor studies emerged as new disciplines, with scholars from various fields undertaking research in these areas. The first publications that emerged in the field of gender studies came out of disciplines such as philosophy, history, and literature, while early works in the area of humor studies initially concentrated on language, linguistics, and psychology. Since then, both fields have flourished, but largely independently. This book draws together and focuses the work of scholars from diverse disciplines on intersections of gender and humor, giving voice to approaches in disciplines such as film, television, literature, linguistics, translation studies, and popular culture.


"An interdisciplinary, international volume exploring the complex relationship between gender and humor and its attendant power dynamics is long overdue. This collection will be an invaluable resource to scholars and students in a variety of disciplines." -- Joanna Gilbert, Alma College, USA

Table of Contents

1. Humor: A many gendered thing Delia Chiaro and Raffaella Baccolini Section I 2. Blended spaces as subversive feminist humorJanet Bing and Joanne Scheibman 3. Traditional comic conflicts in farce and roles for women Jessica Milner Davis 4. The school for scandal: Humor and the scandalized narrative in women’s speculative fiction Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor 5. "A gay arcadia of happy girls": Women, the body and the welfare state in British film comedy Frances Gray 6. Humorless lesbians Don Kulick 7.Gender trouble in sketches from Japan François Bouchetoux Section II 8. Humor and gender: An overview of psychological research Rod A. Martin 9.Gender and humor in everyday conversation Jennifer Coates 10. Funny, feminine and flirtatious: Humor and gendered discourse norms at work Janet Holmes and Stephanie Schnurr 11. Power and connection: Humor in a Cantonese familyJohn S.Y. Hui Section III 12.Humor and contemporary product design: International perspectives Sheri R. Klein 13. Being bovvered and taking liberties: Female performance and female identities in The Catherine Tate Show Sharon Lockyer 14. Little Miss Sunshine and the avoidance of tragedy Gail Finney 15."What’ya mean I’m funny?" Ball busting humor and Italian American masculinities Fred Gardaphé 16."A woman, a wog and a westie": Monica Pellizzari’s critical humor from Down Under Alessandra Senzani 17. Gender and grotesque humor in contemporary Italian literature: Language, culture, and translation Brigid Maher 18. Queer humor: Gay comedy between camp and diversity Rainer Emig 19. Petite flower, giver goddess, and duchess of discipline: Sexual non-conformity, play, and camp humor in the performance of Judy Tenuta Giovanna P. Del Negro 20. Humor and Gender, Directions for Future Research: Where do we go from here? Delia Chiaro Raffaella Baccolini

About the Editors

Delia Chiaro is Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Bologna, Italy

Rafaella Baccolini is Professor of English and Gender at the University of Bologna, Italy

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
[email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HUMOR / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies