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Record identifier : 567961
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Griffin, Jo Ann
Title and statement of responsibility : Exit laughing: Persuasive reform humor of three nineteenth-century women [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : University of Louisville, 2003
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : M.A.
Body granting the degree : , University of Louisville
Summary or Abstract : Against conventional wisdom that suggests that women are not funny and that humor functions as a weapon, this project defines a rhetorical strategy of persuasive humor in use by nineteenth-century women seeking social change. The remarkable feature of feminine reform humor in the nineteenth century is the way in which it negotiates confrontation and community building simultaneously, a formidable rhetorical feat that has gone largely unnoticed. Clarina Nichols, Gail Hamilton, and Amelia Bloomer serve as exemplars. These women employed humor in a way that allowed their listeners and readers to approach alternative social visions. The rhetorical space available for laughter, and the creative energy associated with humor constitute the transformative power of nineteenth-century feminine reform humor. Understanding persuasive humor as a constructor of social norms and public policy ideals credits these women with influence they have historically been denied and sheds light on the ways in which social policies evolve..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Rhetoric, Composition, Biographies, Womens studies
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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