My eyes are up here: the comedy of Amy Schumer and the carnivalesque

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Show simple item record Windholz, Benjamin P. 2014-08-08T20:40:22Z 2014-08-08T20:40:22Z 2014-08-08
dc.description Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award - Individual Non-Freshman category, honorable mention en_US
dc.description Citation: Windholz, B. (2014) My eyes are up here: the comedy of Amy Schumer and the carnivalesque. Unpublished manuscript, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. en_US
dc.description.abstract Through the lens of Bakhtin's carnivalesque, I analyze stand-up comic Amy Schumer's Comedy Central special Mostly Sex Stuff. Her use of sexual material juxtaposes the material upper and lower stratums and subverts the social structure of gender roles through chaos and humor, specifically through the use of the grotesque body as a site in which to grapple with abstract concepts like sexism. Schumer's attractive looks contrast her archetypical unruly woman stage persona and attack the hegemony of sexism in American culture while also challenging perceptions of race and class. Schumer's carnivalesque satire eviscerates the image of the classical body, with its roots in oppression and power disparity, offering instead a body that is constantly in process which unifies people through its relation to the cosmic. I show how Schumer's use of these ideas transforms her otherwise dirty comedy into subtle social criticism, generating feminist commentary in the male dominated field of stand-up comedy. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. K-State Libraries en_US
dc.subject Carnivalesque en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Rhetoric en_US
dc.subject Stand-up comedy en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Submersion en_US
dc.title My eyes are up here: the comedy of Amy Schumer and the carnivalesque en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.description.advisor Paul, Gregory en_US 2014 en_US
dc.description.course COMM 550: Senior Colloquium in Communication Studies. Spring 2014 en_US

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