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Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)making of Gender

Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Editors: Foka, A., Liliequist, J. (Eds.)

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Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. Throughout history, it has played a crucial role in defining gender roles and identities. This collection offers an in-depth thematic examination of this relationship between humor and gender, spanning a variety of historical and cultural backdrops.

About the authors

David Konstan, New York University, USA Martha Bayless, University of Oregon, USA Lisa Perfetti, Whitman College, USA Mario Liong, Centennial College, Hong Kong Jóhanna Friðriksdóttir, University of Reykjavik, Iceland Olle Ferm, Stockholm University, Sweden Alexandre Mitchell, University of Oxford, UK Kristine Steenbergh, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands Anu Korhonen, University of Helsinki, Finland Didem Havlio?lu, Sehir University, Turkey

Reviews

"I find Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)making of Gender to be a brilliant manifestation of the innovative power of the cultural history of emotion and its ability to create fresh perspectives that transcend disciplinary, cultural, and regional boundaries. The authors have compiled a stimulating collection of papers that range over the cultures of the globe and cast new light on the much-studied topic of gender by illuminating the constitutive power of what makes us laugh." - Walter G. Andrews, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

"How is it possible that we have for so long missed the ways in which humor constructs, maintains, and undermines gender stereotypes? With essays spanning the pre-modern period and touching on non-Western cultures, this book offers a dynamic way to reconsider humor's key role in human lives." - Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago, USA

"A fresh look at longstanding questions, across a temporal range (classical antiquity to the early modern) and a geographical range (Asia to Europe, Islam to Christendom) too rarely spanned; not the usual suspects, either. The optimistic investigators find gender subversion, women's agency, and men's self-criticism in comic forms from high (Homer) to low (folklore, burlesque, jokes, cartoons), imagining a complex audience. A valuable resource." - Amy Richlin, Professor, Classics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

"This excellent collection of essays ranges across space and time from early medieval China through medieval Iceland to seventeenth-century Sweden. The authors draw on a wide range of visual and literary evidence including images on classical Greek vases, medieval French fabula, and early modern English jest-books, but also engage with a rich and varied historiography. Anyone interested in cultural history before 1800 will learn something from this volume." - Tim Reinke-Williams, University of Northampton, UK


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • General Introduction

    Liliequist, Jonas (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Laughing at Ourselves: Gendered Humor in Classical Greece

    Konstan, David

    Pages 13-29

  • Is the Comic World a Paradise for Women? Medieval Models of Portable Utopia

    Bayless, Martha

    Pages 31-45

  • Taking Women’s Work Seriously: Medieval Humor and the Gendering of Labor

    Perfetti, Lisa

    Pages 47-63

  • Gender Subversion and the Early Christian East: Reconstructing the Byzantine Comic Mime

    Foka, Anna

    Pages 65-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Laughter, Humor, and the (Un)making of Gender
Book Subtitle
Historical and Cultural Perspectives
Editors
  • A. Foka
  • J. Liliequist
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46365-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137463654
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47330-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50139-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 256
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