Funny Women: Political Transgressions and Celebrity Autobiography

  • Anne-Marie Evans
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)


Anne-Marie Evans explores the relationship between transgressive humor and popular feminism in the autobiographical writings of four contemporary American comediennes: Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling. Much of their humor stems from questioning the double standard, and all of them have championed women’s causes in their roles as public figures. This chapter seeks to challenge some of the assumptions about popular female autobiography by suggesting that these memoirs actually fulfill an important function in terms of women’s writing, not only as a source of humor, but primarily as a vehicle for social criticism. Focusing on their successful self-fashioning, this chapter uses contemporary feminist theoretical writing to argue that women’s autobiography offers an essential space for transgressive forms of humor.


Funny Woman Autobiographical Writings Body Shame Memoir Approach Horizontal Life 
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  • Anne-Marie Evans
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  1. 1.York St. John UniversityYorkUK

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