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Ladies laughing : wit as control in contemporary American women writers

Author: Barbara Levy
Publisher: Amsterdam, Netherlands : Gordon and Breach, [1997] ©1997
Series: Studies in humor and gender, volume 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This engaging and accessible book examines the world of seven contemporary, popular American women writers and their individual use of wit as a subtle and effective strategy to engage, or ""control"", the reader. A chapter is devoted to each of the seven writers - Lisa Alther, Rita Mae Brown, Nora Ephron, Shirley Jackson, Alison Lurier, Grace Paley, and Anne Tyler - and discusses their writings and their use of wit  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Levy, Barbara (Barbara Ellen).
Ladies laughing
(DLC) 99459978
(OCoLC)38176214
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Levy
ISBN: 9781134385867 1134385862 1299868339 9781299868335
OCLC Number: 864680416
Description: 1 online resource (182 pages).
Contents: Introduction --
Forerunners : Dorothy Parker, Dawn Powell, Betty MacDonald --
Nora Ephron : all you ever wanted to know about control (but feared you'd appear too manipulative if you asked) --
Shirley Jackson : "in the country of the story, the writer is king" --
Alison Lurie : "writing was a kind of witch's spell" --
Grace Paley : "the ear is smarter than the eye" --
Anne Tyler : seeing through a "mist of irony" --
Lisa Alther : playing for the laugh: comic control in Kinflicks --
Rita Mae Brown : "an equal opportunity offender" --
Conclusion : what wit controlled.
Series Title: Studies in humor and gender, volume 3.
Responsibility: Barbara Levy.
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Examines the world of seven contemporary, American women writers and their individual use of wit as a subtle and effective strategy to engage, or "control" the reader. The writers featured are Lisa  Read more...

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