New Book Conversation, 5/13


For a conversation with the authors of 


American Humor 

Sponsored by the American Humor Studies Association

Hosted by: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams

Friday May 13th at 2pm Eastern (1pm Central) Time

Cracking Up: Black Feminist Comedy in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century United States

By Katelyn Hale Wood University of Iowa Press, 2021

Cracking Up archives and analyzes Black feminist stand-up comedy in the United States over the past sixty years. Looking closely at the work of Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Mo’Nique, Wanda Sykes, Sasheer Zamata, Sam Jay, Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams, Amanda Seales, and Michelle Buteau, this book shows how Black feminist comedy and the laughter it ignites are vital components of feminist, queer, and anti-racist protest. (Link)

 Who’s Laughing Now?: Feminist Tactics in Social Media 

By Jenny SundénSusanna Paasonen The MIT Press, 2020

Feminist social media tactics that use humor as a form of resistance to misogyny, rewiring the dynamics of shame, shaming, and shamelessness.  (Link)

Last Laughs : Perspectives on Women and Comedy book cover            Last Laughs: Perspectives on Women and Comedy 

Edited By Regina Barreca

Copyright1988, Repr. Routledge, 2022 

 First published in 1988, the 19 original essays (and three “Sylvia” cartoons) included in this volume deal with the gender-specific nature of comedy. This pioneering collection observes the creation of women’s comedy from a wide range of standpoints: political, sociological, psychoanalytical, linguistic, and historical. The writers explore the role of women’s comedy in familiar and unfamiliar territory, from Austen to Weldon, from Behn to Wasserstein. The questions they raise will lead to a redefinition of the genre itself. (Link)


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