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Uproarious: How Feminists and Other Subversive Comics Talk Truth

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posted on 08.01.2020 by Cynthia Willett, Julie Willett
Cynthia Willett and Julie Willett address the four major theories of humor—superiority, relief, incongruity, and social play—through the lens of feminist and game-changing comics Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Hannah Gadsby, Hari Kondabolu, and Tig Notaro. They take a radical and holistic approach to the understanding of humor, particularly of humor deployed by those from groups long relegated to the margins, and propose a powerful new understanding of humor as a force that can engender politically progressive social movements. Drawing on a range of cross-disciplinary sources, from philosophies and histories of humor to the psychology and physiology of laughter to animal studies, Uproarious offers a richer understanding of the political and cathartic potential of humor.

Funding

Emory University as part of the TOME initiative

History

Publication date

2019

ISBN (Print - Cloth)

978-1-5179-0828-7

ISBN (Print - Paper)

978-1-5179-0829-4

ISBN (EPUB)

978-1-4529-6222-1

Publisher Name

University of Minnesota Press

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