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Uppochnervända roller hemma hos Martina: En undersökning av den självförringande humorns subversiva kraft i Martina Haags Hemma hos Martina
Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Martina Haag’s method of self-mockery used in her chronicles is characterized by her wish to live up to various ideals. This essay brings out the subversive power of self-deprecatory hu-mor expressed in her book Hemma hos Martina. The author’s strategies and kinds of humor are being studied, leading up to what this humor accomplishes. General theories on humor, by Mary Ann Rishel, Maria Ohlsson, Henri Bergson, Joannne R. Gilbert and Simon Critchley are being applied to find the essence of her craftsmanship in writing comedy. The analysis also goes more closely into the style and language, to give a deeper understanding of how she creates jokes, and also how she relates to her ideals through language. The main thrust of the analysis, though, builds on theories on self-deprecatory humor. Haag is included into Joanne R. Gilbert’s theory on self-deprecation and The Whiner within the field of stand-up comedy.

Some American feminist critics have rejected self-deprecatory humor as being anti-feminist, stating that women applying this particular kind of humor merely reinforce stereoty-pes, and put themselves down. This paper objects to those critics, leaning on Haag’s book. I wish to show that Haag is not demeaning towards herself, but towards the cultural norms and expectations in our present society. In this context, I show how Haag manages to demystify and criticize ideal representations of women, by lampooning them and revolting against them. In this way, her book turns into a satirical critique of cultural values. My essay illustrates how Haag objectifies herself, making regular use of stereotypes. This is necessary, since these two elements are essential to most humor. Haag confirms stereotypes to make people laugh. This laughter brings about awareness in the reader, making Haag’s work a social critique of current values and norms concerning women.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Institutionen för genus, historia, litteratur och religion , 2006. , 43 p.
Keyword [sv]
Martina Haag, humor, humor and gender, self-deprecatory humor, objectification and humor, humor as cultural critique, subversive humor, Joanne R. Gilbert, stand-up comedy.
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-482DiVA: diva2:16184
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humaniora/teologi
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Available from: 2006-01-31 Created: 2006-01-31

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