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Title: From toothpick legs to dropping vaginas: Gender and sexuality in Joan Rivers' stand-up comedy performance
Authors: Lockyer, S
Keywords: Gender;Sexuality;Stand-up comedy;Joan Rivers;Self-deprecation;Ageing female body;Masculine discourses
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Intellect
Citation: Comedy Studies, 2(2), 113 - 123, 2011
Abstract: This article employs sociocultural analysis to examine Joan Rivers’ stand-up comedy performances in order to reveal how she successfully operates in a sphere of artistic expression that has been, and continues to be, male-dominated. The analysis uncovers how Rivers’ stand-up comedy performance involves a complex combination of elements and how it fuses features that are regarded as ‘traditionally masculine’, such as aggression, with features frequently used by other female stand-up comedians, such as self-deprecating comedy and confessional comedy. Furthermore, the analysis exposes the complex ways in which constructions of gender and sexuality are negotiated and re-negotiated in Rivers’ stand-up comedy performance, and illustrates how dominant ideological identity constructions can be simultaneously reinforced and subverted within the same comic moment.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2011 Intellect.
ISSN: 2040-610X
Appears in Collections:Sociology
Dept of Social and Political Sciences Research Papers

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