Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Check It Out

Pretty/funny : women comedians and body politics
by Linda Mizejewski
University of Texas Press, 2014

Main Stacks: PN1590.W64 M59 2014

Available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Not everything is funny in the funny business. Preconceptions of what women should look like permeate all types of professions, including comedy.

This book takes a serious, scholarly look, in a very accessible style, at the ugly side of the body politics of comedy. It is an excellent resource for students looking to research gender roles as well as popular culture.

The six comediennes specifically studied are Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffith, Tina Fey, Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes, representing a diverse population. The book provides an excellent overview and history of women in comedy.

Review by Laura Galvan-Estrada, SWC Librarian

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