Laughing Their Way: Resistant Humor in the Fiction of Contemporary American Women

By Nadia Boudidah.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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The argument behind this paper is to show how contemporary American fiction writer , Lorrie Moore, use humor as a subversive tool, a way of confronting tragedy and a vehicle to critique various psychological, social, and political issues about women’s lives. As a narrative device, humor has enabled Moore to challenge the limits of realism by using irony, satire, and the grotesque to mock traditional notions of linear plot, closure, narrative omniscience, and reliable interpretation. The paper seeks to demonstrate that the discourse of humor in her fiction is used to gain power. Language is power and this writer deploys language in novel, unexpected, and even unconventional ways.

Keywords: Discourse of Humor, Comic Writing, Transgressive Narrative Strategies, Cultural Critique

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.9-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 503.715KB).

Dr. Nadia Boudidah

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Higher Institute of Applied Languages, Moknine, Kairouan, Tunisia