Can comedy on television harbour elements of gender transgression or subversion? If a man is permitted to be `funny peculiar' - playing the underdog or misfit - does a woman seem stranger in his place?
Mapping examples from British and American comedy television over the past 60 years, from I Love Lucy to The Big Bang Theory and Smack the Pony to Waiting For God, this book asks: are particular forms of television comedy gendered in specific ways? Paying attention to series which have not been addressed in academic work, as well as more established shows, White offers fresh insights for the fields of television studies, gender and women's studies, cultural history and comedy.
Rosie White is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Theory and Popular Culture at Northumbria University, Newcastle, U.K. She is author of Violent Femmes: Women as Spies in Popular Culture (2008) and numerous articles on feminism and women in film and television.
Introduction Funny Peculiar: Queering Gender, Comedy and Television 1. Gracie, Martha, Eve and Lucy: Queering Femininity in Early American Television Comedy 2. Back to the Dollhouse? Queering Postfeminism in Contemporary American Sitcom 3. The Big Bang Theory: Queering Masculinity in American Sitcom? 4. Smack the Pony: Feminist Negotiations in British Sketch Comedy 5. Queering Age: Older Women in British Television Comedy