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Television Comedy and Femininity: Queering Gender

Television Comedy and Femininity: Queering Gender
Rosie White

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Can comedy on television harbour elements of gender transgression or subversion? 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 60 years, from I Love Lucy to The Big Bang Theory and Smack the Pony to Waiting For God, Television Comedy and Femininity asks: are particular forms of television comedy gendered in specific ways? Paying attention to series which have not been addressed in academic work, as well as more established shows, White offers fresh insights for the fields of television studies, gender and women’s studies, cultural history and comedy.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Story of a Sidekick? Women and Television Comedy before the Second Wave

Chapter 2 – Back to the Dollhouse? Postfeminism and the American Sitcom

Chapter 3 – Monstrous Regiments: Grotesque Performance in British Comedy

Chapter 4 – American Masculinity: Sitcom Sex, Class and Gender

Chapter 5 – British Sitcom vs Sketch Show – Feminine Forms?

Chapter 6 – Funny Old Girls: Women Aging in Television 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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