By Joanne R. Gilbert

How do modern American lady comics practice onstage, and what does this functionality show approximately strength family members in our tradition in addition to the lifestyles of a "female" and, extra particularly, "feminist" style of stand-up comedy? during this lengthy late examine of ladies and stand-up comedy, Joanne R. Gilbert explores those questions which will light up the social, political, and cultural implications of energy and gender in renowned entertainment.

Gilbert's learn acknowledges the issues that come up from assumptions made in regards to the genres of "female" and "feminist" humor and eventually means that those are a part of a bigger style she calls "marginal humor." appearing Marginality offers a historic evaluation of woman comedian functionality and gives a taxonomy of comedic postures assumed through modern girl comics, delivering an invaluable technique to categorize this frequently ignored style. acting Marginality additionally examines difficulties in present experiences at the topic, the politics concerned with marginal humor, and the position of viewers in comedian performance.

This ebook develops the concept of "performing marginality" not just because the manner lady comics practice their gender onstage, yet because the capability in which we all build, contest, and negotiate our gendered, racialized, and differently marked identities in lifestyle. As a former specialist stand-up comedian and present pupil of communications and women's reviews, Gilbert bargains a distinct viewpoint on gender, humor, and gear during the lens of latest girl comedian performance.

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