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Seriously Funny: Disability and the Paradoxical Power of Humor

Shawn Chandler Bingham and Sara E. Green
Seriously Funny: Disability and the Paradoxical Power of Humor
ISBN: 978-1-62637-520-8
$65.00
ISBN: 978-1-62637-565-9
$65.00
2017/200 pages/LC: 2016016378
Disability in Society
"Offer[s] a unique look into the ways in which disability comedy, as both a tool of empowerment and critique, has evolved over time."—Choice

"Ranging from court jesters to twenty-first-century comedians, this is a wonderful accounting of what is going on with disability and humor."—Beth Haller, Towson University

"A rare combination of rich analysis, engaging material, and a very accessible writing style.... Seriously Funny proves that the study of disability empowerment can be fun while also successfully grappling with serious political and theoretical work."—Allison Carey, Shippensburg University

DESCRIPTION

Exploring a paradox, Shawn Bingham and Sara Green show how humor has been used both to challenge traditional views of disability and to reinforce negative stereotypes and social inequalities.

Seriously Funny ranges from ancient Greek dramas to medieval court jesters to contemporary comedy, from stage performances to the experiences of daily life. Rich with insights into issues of identity and social stratification, it offers an eye-opening perspective on attitudes toward disability across the ages.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shawn Chandler Bingham is assistant professor of sociology at the University of South Florida. Sara E. Green is associate professor of sociology at the University of South Florida.

CONTENTS

  • The Social Significance of Disability Humor.
  • Humor as Aesthetic, Analysis, and Activism.
  • Disability and Humor in Historical Context.
  • A Twenty-First-Century Cast of Comic Characters.
  • Creating New Narratives.
  • Disability Humor in a Politically Correct World.
  • Using Humor to Reimagine Society.
  • Appendix: Biographical Sketches of the Comedians Interviewed.