Female Comedians' Approach to Create Social Discourse from a Feminist Standpoint

Németh Krisztina (2018) Female Comedians' Approach to Create Social Discourse from a Feminist Standpoint. BA/Bsc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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My thesis is concerned with the comedic techniques and styles of female comedians. I provide the analysis of the works of Phillys Diller, Moms Mabley, Lily Tomlin, Molly Shannon, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Throughout the text, I attach feminist terms to them and show the aspects of their performance which reflect the position of women in the society of their period. I argue that the extreme attention surrounding women’s bodies and appearance has been an obstacle ever since ever since we exist. I will highlight the slow but steady growth in the number of women in all aspects of comedy production: stand-up venues, writing rooms, sitcoms etc. I analyse comedy as a tool in communicating social and political views. I differentiate between physical, observational and satiric comedy and demonstrate the way it is incorporated into critical sketches and stand-up routines. I focus on the depiction of feminist rhetoric in sitcoms of the 50s -when female characters started to get more attention and independence- and the 21st century. Lastly, I claim that successful and respected female comedians should use their authority to advocate women’s rights and to provide empowering content for the younger generation.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Angol Tanszék




Angol-Amerikai Intézet




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Item Type: Thesis (BA/Bsc)
Date: 2018
Depositing User: BTK szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. Apr. 26. 07:00
Last Modified: 2019. Apr. 26. 12:01
URI: http://diploma.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/73920

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