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Buffoon men : classic Hollywood comedians and queered masculinity

Author: Scott Balcerzak
Publisher: Detroit, Michigan : Wayne State University Press, [2013]
Series: Contemporary approaches to film and media series.
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Film scholars and fans have used distinctive terms to describe the Classic Hollywood comedian: He is a "trickster," a "rebel," or a "buffoon." Yet the performer is almost always described as a "he." In Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians and Queered Masculinity, Scott Balcerzak reads the performances of notable comedians such as W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bert Wheeler  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Balcerzak, Scott.
Buffoon men.
Detroit, Michigan : Wayne State University Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2013006169
(OCoLC)828487104
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Balcerzak
ISBN: 9780814339664 0814339662
OCLC Number: 864685869
Description: 1 online resource (x, 258 pages : illustrations).
Contents: Introduction: "Someone like me for a member": classic Hollywood comedians and buffoonish masculinity --
"Novelties and notions": Mae West meets W.C. Fields --
Con men and henpecked husbands: W.C. Fields as masculine icon --
"Whitefacing" the nebbish: Eddie Cantor's assimilation and influence --
Queered radio / Queered cinema: Jack Benny's mediated voice --
Queering the fraternity: Laurel and Hardy and heterosexual brotherhood --
Military disservice: Wheeler and Woolsey and Abbott and Costello join the army --
Conclusion: Beyond classic Hollywood /beyond buffoonish masculinity.
Series Title: Contemporary approaches to film and media series.
Responsibility: Scott Balcerzak.

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Analyzes the complicated gender histories of male comedians of the early Classic Hollywood era.  Read more...

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