Television Comedy and Femininity

Television Comedy and Femininity

Written by: Rosie White

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Publish Date: 2018-11-30
  • ISBN-10: 9781786736567
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Book Summary

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, this book 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.

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