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Acting Up: Gender and Television Comedy

Day Symposium, Saturday 14 January 2012, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Television comedy calls upon a wide range of cultural references and forms, including the constantly mutating genres of television itself (such as sitcom and reality tv), cinematic performances (Chaplin to Carey) and longstanding theatrical traditions (such as clowning and commedia dell’arte). In the last forty years academic examination of the many facets of television and comedy has become an established field, yet to date there is little literature available that closely examines the performance of gendered identities in comedy television. The work of Kathleen Rowe and Frances Gray in the early 1990s remains key in debates about women and television comedy, but this day symposium seeks to extend the discussions established in their work, to examine the performance of a wide range of gender and sexual identities. This event will examine how gender is performed, subverted, reiterated and transformed through television comedy.

A programme of the day can be found to the right of the page or by clicking here.

The event will take place in Lipman Building, City Campus (building 15 on map) click here for map 

The event organisers, James Leggott and Rosie White, can be contacted at and

Early registration (by 1 December 2011) and student fee £20
Full registration fee £40

To register and pay online please click here

If you wish to book accommodation there are a selection of options at specifically for this conference.

Date posted: June 27, 2011