PMA 1135

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Joan Rivers has lamented, "Nobody looks at female comedians as groundbreakers or as commentators on what's going on in the world, because we do it with comedy." In this writing seminar, we will take a closer look at various media—including movies, television episodes, and stand-up specials—featuring American comediennes from the 20th and 21st century, and consider how their comedy addresses crucial social issues of their times. From the "fast-talking dames" of thirties' and fourties' cinema, such as Barbara Stanwyck or Rosalind Russell, or the trailblazer stand-up comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley, to the recent boom in television and web comedy series, we will closely analyze audiovisual materials with a keen eye to their historical, social, and industrial contexts.

When Offered Spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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