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Feminism and Controversial Humour

Broad City

Why is humour often so divisive? When and how are jokes about difficult or traumatic experiences productive and healing? Beginning with the assumption that humour can invite meaningful, pleasurable engagements with issues of privilege, power and difference, our group explores the possibilities and potential pitfalls of using humour in feminist teaching and performance and considers how established theories of laughter and comedy can contribute to an interdisciplinary feminist analysis of humour about violence and racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and sexual difference. 


Danielle Bobker, Associate Professor, English

Gada Mahrouse, Associate Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute

Emer O’Toole, Assistant Professor, Irish Studies

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