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Palgrave Studies in Comedy

Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers

Editors: Fuchs Abrams, Sabrina (Ed.)

  • Surveys a wide range of female writers and comedians starting with the overlooked Carolyn Wells through Mary McCarthy, Alison Bechdel, Lucille Clifton, Lena Dunham, and Tina FeyPositions the discussion of humor within a larger framework about gender, women’s voices, and the history of women’s writingDraws on various theories of humor, from the so-called superiority theory to the incongruity theory to the relief theory

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About this book

This collection is the first to focus on the transgressive and transformative power of American female humorists. It explores the work of authors and comediennes such as Carolyn Wells, Lucille Clifton, Mary McCarthy, Lynne Tillman, Constance Rourke, Roz Chast, Amy Schumer and Samantha Bee, and the ways in which their humor challenges gendered norms and assumptions through the use of irony, satire, parody, and wit. The chapters draw from the experiences of women from a variety of racial, class, and gender identities and encompass a variety of genres and comedic forms including poetry, fiction, prose, autobiography, graphic memoir, comedic performance, and new media. Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers will appeal to a general educated readership as well as to those interested in women’s and gender studies, humor studies, urban studies, American literature and cultural studies, and media studies.

About the authors

Sabrina Fuchs Abrams is Associate Professor of English in the School for Graduate Studies at the State University of New York, Empire State College. She is the author of Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics and the Postwar Intellectual and editor of Literature of New York. She is currently working on a book, The Politics of Humor: New York Women of Wit, and is founder and chair of the Mary McCarthy Society.

Reviews

“[This book] brings together in one volume the most well-recognized and the most cutting-edge scholars, creating the most comprehensive and innovative collection of essays addressing the intersection of American comedy and gender-identity published in the last decade. Every contributor in Abram’s book provides an engaging, erudite and illuminating perspective on the power of American’s women’s humor across the centuries.” (Gina Barreca, author of They Used To Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA)

“The Medusa is surely laughing with joy to see the robust array of women whom Sabrina Fuchs Abrams and her contributors have added to the canon of American humorists. American women since the 1890s have found myriad ways to talk comically back to a culture that often declared them incapable of humor. Students will love Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers for its funny examples and theoretical explanations; scholars will find the footnotes invaluable.” (Judith Yaross Lee, Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies & Charles E. Zumkehr Professor of Rhetoric, Ohio University, Ohio, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • No Joke: Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers

    Fuchs Abrams, Sabrina

    Pages 1-16

  • “To Amuse Intelligently and Cleverly”: Carolyn Wells and Literary Parody

    Stetz, Margaret D.

    Pages 17-36

  • From Headlines to Punchlines: Suffragist Humor in the Popular Press

    Smith, Amanda T.

    Pages 37-58

  • The Scholarly Transgressions of Constance Rourke

    Zwagerman, Prof Sean

    Pages 59-79

  • Embattled Embodiment: The Sexual/Intellectual Politics of Humor in Mary McCarthy’s Writing

    Fuchs Abrams, Sabrina

    Pages 81-96

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-56729-7
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56728-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers
Editors
  • Sabrina Fuchs Abrams
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56729-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56729-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56728-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 263
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations
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