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Uproarious: How Feminists and Other Subversive Comics Talk Truth

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posted on 08.01.2020, 17:28 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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