Gender: Laughter, 1st Edition

  • Bettina Papenburg Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
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  • ISBN-10: 0028663268
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663265
  • DDC: 306.7
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 443 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released January 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Part of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series on gender studies, Gender: Laughter examines the forms and function of laughter through the discipline of gender and sexuality studies. Comprised of 25 chapters, the volume assesses laughter and related forms of cultural expression, such as artworks, discourses, genres, and styles, and their deployment in feminist and queer theory and activism as well as in the cultural sphere at large. How does laughter signify and spur the empowerment of women, queers, and racialized subjects, and how does it generate solidarity among and between minority groups? Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, include illustrations, and offer bibliographies to encourage further research. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

Features and Benefits

  • GENDER: LAUGHTER introduces students to forms and functions of laughter through the discipline of gender studies.
  • The primer to the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks series on gender, GENDER: SOURCES, PERSPECTIVES, AND METHODOLOGIES, is followed by GENDER: LAUGHTER and other volumes that are dedicated to such broad themes as Animals, God, Love, Matter, Nature, Space, Time, and War.
  • All chapters in GENDER: LAUGHTER are newly commissioned and hence based on fresh and topical research and debates from a variety of fields--including philosophy, disability studies, literature, art, film, social sciences, (old and new) media, history, politics, and religion.
  • Chapters are written by eminent scholars and are peer reviewed.
  • The volume will include a glossary, bibliographies of worked cited and suggestions for further reading, approximately 48 relevant images and an index.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028663187 | ISBN-13: 9780028663180

Table of Contents

Bodily Excess
The Carnivalesque
Contemporary Feminist Art
Crip Humor
Forbidding Laughter
Gender Parody
The Grotesque
Humorless Lesbians
Interspecies Tickling
Islamic Feminist Satire
"The Laugh of the Medusa"
Laughing Matter
Masculinity and Ridicule
Medieval Joy
Not Quite Romantic Comedy
Older Women, Humor, and Social Activism
The Queer Laugh of the Postmigrant
Racial Masquerade
Radio Comedy
Renaissance and Restoration Comedy
Silent Cinema
Unruly Women

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bettina Papenburg

Bettina Papenburg teaches in the Institute of Media and Cultural Studies at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. She is author of Grotesque Transformations: A Feminist Perspective on David Cronenberg’s Body Horror (forthcoming) and co-editor, with Marta Zarzycka, of Carnal Aesthetics: Transgressive Imagery and Feminist Politics (2012).