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Are Feminist Allowed to be Funny?

What's Feminism?
Feminism was never something I thought much about.  It wasn't a prominent issue until I came to Bryn Mawr.  After a semester here, I felt that I needed to get rid of my naive notion that feminism was a two sided coin.  It wasn't one way or another, feminist or not.  I wanted a more personal definition as to what feminism was and where I fit in the scheme of things which is why I decided to take this course.  Critical Feminist Issues is the first course I've taken that is specifically about feminism.  My experience with this class have been paradoxical thus far.  More questions are raised than answered and the lines of feminism are getting blurred and yet I still feel like I'm getting a better idea as to where I fit into feminism and developing my own definition.
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triangle of satire; and infinite uses of humor

"Roman satirists may be thought of as functioning within a triangle of which the apices are (a) attack, (b) entertainment, and (c) preaching. If a poem rests too long on apex (a) it passes into lampoon or invective; if it lingers on (b) it changes into some form of comedy; and if it remains on (c) it becomes a sermon." Niall Rudd, Themes in Roman Satire

What is striking and original about Rudd's application of this theoretical structure for satire is the fact that he sees a good deal of movement within individual pieces; the effect is on of hovering and flitting, like a bird that never alights. (Which is why my bird traps on the ground keep turning up with nothing more than handfuls of feathers, I suppose - time to construct a bow and arrow.)

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endward, or not

So, I'm reading "Get Out of Gaol Free, or: How to Read a Comic Plot" by John Bruns (Journal of Narrative Theory, v.35 no.1, Winter 2005, pg. 25-60).

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