Bits and bumps: Understanding gender in contemporary physical comedy

Boyle, Bridget C. (2015) Bits and bumps: Understanding gender in contemporary physical comedy. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


This study investigates how the gender of a performer affects the way they produce physical comedy in a theatrical context, framed through Kristeva's theory of abjection and Butler's notion of gender as performance. As a thesis by creative work, it produced an original piece of theatre, The Furze Family Variety Hour, which featured a male/ female comic duo, where the female performer enjoyed an equal share of the punch lines. The study generates a new understanding of how the body operates in physical comedy, namely, a system of bodily registers, as well as a new understanding of the female grotesque comic body.

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ID Code: 83638
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Gattenhof, Sandra & Hadley, Bree
Additional Information: Recipient of 2015 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Keywords: Phsyical comedy, Gender, Gendered bodies, Clown, Feminist humour, New vaudeville, ODTA
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 02:00
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 00:26

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