The Resource Untamed and unabashed : essays on women and humor in British literature, Regina Barreca

Untamed and unabashed : essays on women and humor in British literature, Regina Barreca

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Untamed and unabashed : essays on women and humor in British literature
Title
Untamed and unabashed
Title remainder
essays on women and humor in British literature
Statement of responsibility
Regina Barreca
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In Untamed and Unabashed, Regina Barreca, noted authority on women and humor, examines the use of humor in the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Elizabeth Bowen, Muriel Spark, and Fay Weldon. She analyzes the ways that each writer uses comedic devices, especially those involving language itself, and discusses the gendered basis of their humor, providing a provocative feminist perspective on gender and comedy
  • Each of the essays argues that conservative critics have misread and misunderstood the importance of humor in the works of these women authors, and that women's humor serves to explode conventions oppressive to women and to offer women readers a critique of, and an alternative perspective on, the dominant cultural ideologies that contain and oppress them
  • The book concludes that these authors strategically deployed humor, coded in forms that women readers - but not men readers - would recognize and understand, as a means of educating and empowering those women readers
  • Barreca asserts that much of women's comic play has to do with power and its systematic misappropriation, allowing women to gain perspective by ridiculing the implicit insanities of a patriarchal culture. Using detailed persuasive new readings of various works of each of her chosen authors, she shows how the straightjacket of conventional femininity is challenged, confronted, and finally, thrown off
  • This volume demonstrates that comedy can effectively channel anger and rebellion by first making them appear to be acceptable and temporary phenomena, and then by harnessing the released energies, rather than dispersing them. This kind of comedy, which is at the heart of Untamed and Unabashed, terrifies those who hold order dear. It should
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DLC
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Barreca, Regina
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR830.H85
LC item number
B37 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Humor in life and letters series
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  • Humorous stories, English
  • English wit and humor
  • English fiction
  • Women and literature
  • Récits humoristiques anglais
  • Humour anglais
  • Roman anglais
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Écrits de femmes anglais
  • English fiction
  • English wit and humor
  • Humorous stories, English
  • Women and literature
  • Roman
  • Frau
  • Humor
  • Geschichte
  • Romanschriftstellerin
  • Frauenroman
  • Geschichte 1750-1991
  • Great Britain
  • Englisch
  • Großbritannien
Label
Untamed and unabashed : essays on women and humor in British literature, Regina Barreca
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction "Untamed and unabashed" : towards a theory of women and humor in literature -- Dearly loving a good laugh : humor in Charlotte Lennox and Jane Austen -- "I'm no angel" : humor and mutiny in Jane Eyre and Villette -- Laughter as reproof, refutation, and revenge in The mill on the Floss and Middlemarch -- "The joke or agony" : Elizabeth Bowen's comic vision -- The ancestral laughter of the streets : humor in Muriel Spark's earlier works -- "Let us now praise fallen women" : hate and humor in Fay Weldon's novels -- Metaphor-into-narrative : being "very careful with words" in text by women writers
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
191 pages
Isbn
9780814321362
Lccn
93030645
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28633809
  • (OCoLC)ocm28633809
Label
Untamed and unabashed : essays on women and humor in British literature, Regina Barreca
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-185) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction "Untamed and unabashed" : towards a theory of women and humor in literature -- Dearly loving a good laugh : humor in Charlotte Lennox and Jane Austen -- "I'm no angel" : humor and mutiny in Jane Eyre and Villette -- Laughter as reproof, refutation, and revenge in The mill on the Floss and Middlemarch -- "The joke or agony" : Elizabeth Bowen's comic vision -- The ancestral laughter of the streets : humor in Muriel Spark's earlier works -- "Let us now praise fallen women" : hate and humor in Fay Weldon's novels -- Metaphor-into-narrative : being "very careful with words" in text by women writers
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
191 pages
Isbn
9780814321362
Lccn
93030645
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28633809
  • (OCoLC)ocm28633809

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