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Television Comedy and Femininity: Queering Gender

Television Comedy and Femininity: Queering Gender
Rosie White

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Until recently - with the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler achieving dazzling success with 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation - popular entertainment has rarely featured women comedians in leading roles. Can comedy on television harbour elements of gender transgression or subversion? And if a man is permitted to be 'funny peculiar' - playing the underdog or misfit - does a woman seem stranger in his place? Mapping examples from British and American comedy television over the past sixty years, from I Love Lucy to Roseanne and Absolutely Fabulous to Jam and Jerusalem, the book asks: are particular forms of television comedy gendered in specific ways? Paying attention to performances and series yet to receive critical attention as well as more established shows, the book offers fresh insights for the fields of television studies, gender and women's studies, cultural history and comedy.

Author Info

Rosie White is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Theory and Popular Culture at Northumbria University, Newcastle, U.K. She is author of Violent Femmes: Women as Spies in Popular Culture (2008) and numerous articles on feminism and women in film and television.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Gender and Popular Culture

ISBN: 9781784533625
Publication Date: 29 Jul 2018
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138

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