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Women explode out of chimneys and melt when sprayed with soda water. Feminist activists play practical jokes to lobby for voting rights, while overworked kitchen maids dismember their limbs to finish their chores on time. In early slapstick films with titles such as Saucy Sue, Mary Jane's Mishap, Jane on Strike, and The Consequences of Feminism, comediennes exhibit the t ...more
Published March 27th 2018 by Columbia University Press
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I've always loved funny women: Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller, Moms Mabley, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, et al. I was intrigued by this book but also unsure of whether I would get it because it seems like a hefty academic read. I have to say that it is absolutely enthralling. I found it very compelling and relevant. I am absolutely amazed by how many funny women acting in film comedy there were a century ago during the the suffragette wave feminist movement! Some of the names of the comediennes are ...more
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