Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MA in Women's History

Department

Women’s History Graduate Program

Comments

What if the real you is just a performance? What if the way you laugh, dance, or even speak is a learned behavior? That is, “what if” is a reality. Gender is performative, but can a gendered performance be layered onto an onstage one? This thesis considers how comediennes of today like Wanda Sykes and Tina Fey navigate gendered performances (and well as other social constructions like race, and class) while creating an onstage persona.

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