publication . Article . 2016

Comic revisions? Motherhood and women’s comedy in contemporary Germany

Stone, Katherine;
Open Access
  • Published: 04 May 2016 Journal: Feminist Media Studies, volume 16, pages 1,014-1,028 (issn: 1468-0777, eissn: 1471-5902, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract
AbstractMaternal stereotypes and the realities of mothering are prominent themes in Anke Engelke’s Ladykracher and Martina Hill’s Knallerfrauen, two of the most popular sketch shows in twenty-first-century Germany. This article relates their success to social anxieties about motherhood, which Engelke and Hill illuminate through the theme of their sketches as well as through their very use of comedy to do so. I begin by using close-readings of Ladykracher and Knallerfrauen to illuminate the political potential of the sketch form to challenge maternal myths and articulate taboo feelings such as maternal ambivalence. I then consider the innovation of these maternal...
Subjects
free text keywords: Communication, Visual Arts and Performing Arts, Gender Studies, Mythology, Sketch, Ambivalence, Comics, business.industry, business, Comedy, Sociology, Realm, Taboo, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Politics, HQ
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