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Gender and Humor
Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

ISBN 9781138548435
Published February 5, 2018 by Routledge
374 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Humor: A many gendered thing  Delia Chiaro and Raffaella Baccolini  Section I  2. Blended spaces as subversive feminist humor  Janet 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 family  John 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

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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


"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