Performing gender through stand-up comedy in Spanish

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Title: Performing gender through stand-up comedy in Spanish
Authors: Ruiz Gurillo, Leonor
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación sobre la Ironía y el Humor en Español (GRIALE) | EPA-IULMA
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Española, Lingüística General y Teoría de la Literatura
Keywords: Stand-up monologue | Gender | Female style | Humorous sequence
Knowledge Area: Lengua Española
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Cracow Tertium Society for the Promotion of Language Studies
Citation: European Journal of Humour Research. 2019, 7(2): 67-86. doi:10.7592/EJHR2019.7.2.ruiz
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to examine Eva Hache’s humorous gender-related monologues, broadcast in the show El Club de la Comedia [The Comedy Club] in Spain between 2012 and 2013. The corpus comprises 24 stand-up monologues, which have been analysed both quantitatively and qualitatively. The present paper offers a case study in three different ways. First, an analysis of different humorous sequences makes it possible to distinguish a representation of both feminine and masculine identities, as well as a confrontation between the two genders. In fact, Eva Hache’s style supports the feminine identity and facilitates the teasing and mockery of men. Second, a polyphonic study of men as speakers (locutors) and utterers (Ducrot 1996) will serve to differentiate certain features of their identity from a discursive perspective. Finally, a detailed examination of humorous sequences shows how these performative sequences can prove useful to maintain hierarchy, to reinforce an in-group, i.e. a women’s group, to solidify men’s group boundaries, and even to subvert gender normativity (Bing 2004). As it will be demonstrated in our analysis, humorous markers and indicators play an important role in the construction of jab lines and the final punch line of these sequences. Furthermore, the results show that there are few strategies aimed at challenging the status quo in this corpus, although they illustrate an ongoing movement towards a feminist humour that has been almost non-existent in Spain so far.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Valencian Regional Department of Education, Research, Culture and Sport by means of the grant PROMETEO/2016/052 “Gender-based humour: Observatory of identity of women and men through humor”; and by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness by means of the grant FFI2015-64540-C2-1-P “Gender, humour and identity: Development, consolidation and applicability of linguistic mechanisms in Spanish” (MINECO-FEDER, UE).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/95087
ISSN: 2307-700X
DOI: 10.7592/EJHR2019.7.2.ruiz
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Attribution Non-Commercial Non Derivative Creative Commons License
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7592/EJHR2019.7.2.ruiz
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