publication . Article . 2016

Funny peculiar: Lucille Ball and the vaudeville heritage of early American television comedy

Rosie White;
Open Access English
  • Published: 25 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
In this essay I examine the traces of vaudeville performance in the first season of the early American television comedy series I Love Lucy (CBS, 1951–1957), proposing that while sitcom may be regarded as a narratively conservative format, it may also harbour eccentric figures; the funny peculiar. American vaudeville offered a space in which normative heterofemininity was both upheld and subverted. As one of the direct inheritors of that theatrical tradition, early sitcom could embody complex negotiations of gender and identity. The first season of I Love Lucy is inflected by the performance traditions of American vaudeville, while its development was enabled by...
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free text keywords: P300, Literature, business.industry, business, Sociology, Normative, Femininity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Anthropology, Comedy, Social science, Negotiation
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publication . Article . 2016

Funny peculiar: Lucille Ball and the vaudeville heritage of early American television comedy

Rosie White;