The Unruly Woman

Gender and the Genres of Laughter


Author: Kathleen Rowe

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292773234

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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Unruly women have been making a spectacle of themselves in film and on television from Mae West to Roseanne Arnold. In this groundbreaking work, Kathleen Rowe explores how the unruly woman—often a voluptuous, noisy, joke-making rebel or "woman on top"—uses humor and excess to undermine patriarchal norms and authority. At the heart of the book are detailed analyses of two highly successful unruly women—the comedian Roseanne Arnold and the Muppet Miss Piggy. Putting these two figures in a deeper cultural perspective, Rowe also examines the evolution of romantic film comedy from the classical Hollywood period to the present, showing how the comedic roles of actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, and Marilyn Monroe offered an alternative, empowered image of women that differed sharply from the "suffering heroine" portrayed in classical melodramas.

Unruly Women

The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South


Author: Victoria E. Bynum

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469616998

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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In this richly detailed and imaginatively researched study, Victoria Bynum investigates "unruly" women in central North Carolina before and during the Civil War. Analyzing the complex and interrelated impact of gender, race, class, and region on the lives of black and white women, she shows how their diverse experiences and behavior reflected and influenced the changing social order and political economy of the state and region. Her work expands our knowledge of black and white women by studying them outside the plantation setting. Bynum searched local and state court records, public documents, and manuscript collections to locate and document the lives of these otherwise ordinary, obscure women. Some appeared in court as abused, sometimes abusive, wives, as victims and sometimes perpetrators of violent assaults, or as participants in ilicit, interracial relationships. During the Civil War, women freqently were cited for theft, trespassing, or rioting, usually in an effort to gain goods made scarce by war. Some women were charged with harboring evaders or deserters of the Confederacy, an act that reflected their conviction that the Confederacy was destroying them. These politically powerless unruly women threatened to disrupt the underlying social structure of the Old South, which depended on the services and cooperation of all women. Bynum examines the effects of women's social and sexual behavior on the dominant society and shows the ways in which power flowed between private and public spheres. Whether wives or unmarried, enslaved or free, women were active agents of the society's ordering and dissolution.

Unruly Women

The Politics of Confinement & Resistance


Author: Karlene Faith

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609803388

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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Winner of the VanCity Book Prize, Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance is the seminal book about women’s imprisonment that helped spark examinations around the world into the special circumstances women face in prison, as well as the sex and gender crimes that get them there. Most women who are incarcerated do not pose a danger to society but transgress patriarchal, capitalist norms that seek to control their bodies and choices, as seen in the case of prostitution and prosecutions of pregnant women for risky behaviors. Further, the majority of women who enter the criminal justice system have been victims of violence, which raises questions about the continuum from victimization to criminalization. Unruly Women explores patterns of female crimes and punishments, from the witch hunts to the present; institutionalized violence and sexual abuse against incarcerated women; women loving women in prison; motherhood inside prison; battered woman syndrome; Hollywood’s formulaic women-in-prison films; political education in prisons; and acts of resistance, inside and out. Karlene Faith challenges misconceptions of "deviant" women, and celebrates the unruly woman: the unmanageable woman who claims her own body, and who cannot be silenced. As the "drug war" wages on, riddled with excessive and inequitable prison sentences; the incarcerated population skyrockets toward 2.5 million (up from less than 200,000 nationwide in 1970); and private prisons burgeon around the coasts, now is a critical moment to educate ourselves about what is at stake with our prison system. Faith’s incisive work causes us to question the usefulness of the forced confinement and surveillance of mostly nonviolent people.

Shakespeare's Unruly Women


Author: N.A

Publisher: University of Washington Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 112

View: 8481

Ziegler, Dolan, and Roberts' "attention is directed specifically to the representations of Shakespeare's women in the Victorian era, rather than on the Elizabethan stage...[They have] culled from the [Folger] Library's vast holdings a remarkably varied and illuminating array of books, manuscripts, and illustrations which provide a new understanding of how Shakespeare's heroines came to embody, reflect, and refract the values and assumptions of nineteenth-century English society."--Foreword, p.7.

Monteverdi's Unruly Women

The Power of Song in Early Modern Italy


Author: Bonnie Gordon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521845298

Category: Music

Page: 234

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Uses the music of Monteverdi, written between 1600-1640, to illuminate understandings of music, science, culture and the female body.

Unruly Women

Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain


Author: Margaret E. Boyle

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442646152

Category: History

Page: 171

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In the first in-depth study of the interconnected relationships among public theatre, custodial institutions, and women in early modern Spain, Margaret E. Boyle explores the contradictory practices of rehabilitation enacted by women both on and off stage. Pairing historical narratives and archival records with canonical and non-canonical theatrical representations of women's deviance and rehabilitation, Unruly Women argues that women's performances of penitence and punishment should be considered a significant factor in early modern Spanish life. Boyle considers both real-life sites of rehabilitation for women in seventeenth-century Madrid, including a jail and a magdalen house, and women onstage, where she identifies three distinct representations of female deviance: the widow, the vixen, and the murderess. Unruly Women explores these archetypal figures in order to demonstrate the ways a variety of playwrights comment on women's non-normative relationships to the topics of marriage, sex, and violence.

The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers

Critical Essays


Author: J. DelRosso,L. Eicke,Ana Kothe

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230609309

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

View: 9717

This collection attends to western women's struggles within Roman Catholicism by examining how women throughout the centuries have attempted to reconcile their unruliness with their Catholic backgrounds or conversions.

Unruly Women of Paris

Images of the Commune


Author: Gay L. Gullickson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501725297

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 4437

The petroleuse is the most notorious figure to emerge from the Commune, but the literature depicts the Communardes in other guises, too: the innocent victim, the scandalous orator, the amazon warrior, and the ministering angel among others.

As She Likes It

Shakespeare's Unruly Women


Author: Penny Gay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134862369

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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As She Likes It is the first attempt to tackle head on the enduring question of how to perform those unruly women at the centre of Shakespeare's comedies. Unique amongst both Shakespearian and feminist studies, As She Likes It asks how gender politics affects the production to the comedies, and how gender is represented, both in the text and on the stage. Penny Gay takes a fascinating look at the way Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Measure for Measure have been staged over the last half a century, when perceptions of gender roles have undergone massive changes. She also interrogates, rigorously but thoughtfully, the relationship between a male theatrical establishment and a burgeoning feminist approach to performance. As illuminating for practitioners as it will be enjoyable and useful for students, As She Likes It will be critical reading for anyone interested in women's experience of theatre.

The Female Complaint

Tales of Unruly Women


Author: Rosalie Morales Kearns

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780991355556


Page: 328

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Fiction. Women's Studies. The thirty-six stories in this anthology, all by women authors, center around female characters who follow their own paths and tell the powers-that-be what they don't want to hear. These women stand up for themselves, for each other, for their beliefs. The characters include housewives and high school students, a stand-up comedian, an artist, an attendant at a nursing home, several scientists. There's a woman who turns into a leopard; a chemist who comes to the rescue of a resuscitated Isaac Newton; and a female giant who metes out rough justice in a futuristic penal colony for male criminals. Navigating a fine line between anger and laughter, these are raucous stories of solidarity, resistance, transformation, and joy. Contributors include Gina Ochsner, Kathleen Alcala, Theodora Goss, Kim Chinquee, and Katherine Vaz. "Thirty-six spellbinding stories about the active, spirited lives of women... Throughout each is the common denominator of an active female character who embarks on her own hero's journey... With prose that ranges from the humorous to the lyric and forms that range from the real to the magical, here is a vital addition to contemporary literature." Kirkus "This is more than women being unruly: this is women being courageous, outrageous, brutally honest, and more than anything, talented. The stories sing off the page and then turn into a howl of rage, delight and hope. THE FEMALE COMPLAINT is a collection that deserves to be taught, and read, for years to come." Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted "Forty years ago when women blazed literary trails, they were paths through the woods where no one heard the trees falling. This time on a paved road through landscapes urban, suburban, exurban, and rural, these women are still throwing themselves and their lives out into new thematic territory." Cris Mazza, author of Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls and co-editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction "Often unsettling in the best sense, these stories cross cultures and mental states... Compelling and ambitious stories dedicated to honoring the more turbulent desires." Lee Upton, author of The Tao of Humiliation: Stories and Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems"

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman


Author: Anne Helen Petersen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 039957686X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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**One of NPR’s Best Books of 2017** “Petersen's gloriously bumptious, brash ode to nonconforming women suits the needs of this dark moment. Her careful examination of how we eviscerate the women who confound or threaten is crucial reading if we are ever to be better.”—Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman. You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated—too much. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today. “Must-read list.”—Entertainment Weekly Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Summer” Selected as one of Amazon's “Best Books of the Month” A Refinery29 Editors' Pick

Swamp Songs

The Making of an Unruly Woman


Author: Sheryl St. Germain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780874807431

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

View: 4163

Food, and particularly local cuisine, is so important to Creoles that it's said as soon as they enter Heaven they wave hello to Saint Peter and ask, 'Comment a va, Monsieur? Where's the pot of jambalaya?' If Saint Peter says there's no jambalaya they will rub their chins and inquire about the food customs in the other place. Many New Orleanians would, in fact, claim they'd rather be in hell than eat bad food. Feeding Off The otherworldly mythos of New Orleans and the surrounding southern swampland, Sheryl St. Germain stirs up the past--both her own and Louisiana's--to create Swamp Songs, an evocative, elegiac collection of essays that bursts with pain and redemption. From the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras to the Cajun prairies of French Louisiana, these compelling essays taste of loss: the loss of wild open places papered over with fast food restaurants and retail stores, the loss of father and brother to the embrace of addiction, the loss of self through risk and rebellion. And yet the leaven of hope works throughout to raise the possibility of salvation found speaking truthfully about our lives. The undeniable force of Swamp Songs is St. Germain's rare ability to make the ugly compelling, the painful beautiful, the difficult enlightening. She has blended together word after word to create a zesty, complex jambalaya thick with all the ingredients that make life rich and resonant.

Maid in God's Image

In Search of the Unruly Woman


Author: Verena Wright

Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd


Category: Feminism

Page: 132

View: 5832

In Maid in God’s Image, Verena Wright explores the feminine dimension through a range of texts in film, short stories, novels and gospel stories. Examining the fears that lie beneath the repression of female experience, she uncovers a positive appraisal of women as agents of change and disruption and seeks out the links between the unruly woman and the prophetic voice of Christianity.

Women and Disability in Medieval Literature


Author: T. Pearman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230117562

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

View: 1621

This book is first in its field to analyze how disability and gender both thematically and formally operate within late medieval popular literature. Reading romance, conduct manuals, and spiritual autobiography, it proposes a 'gendered model' for exploring the processes by which differences like gender and disability get coded as deviant.