Abstract

Abstract:

This essay reads the Goneril story in Melville's The Confidence-Man as one about taste and humor and the way both have been gendered, then and now. Advancing a new reading of Goneril as funny (rather than solely an example of the era's or Melville's misogyny), I consider what the reactions to the Goneril story within the novel's plot can help us see about controversies over women's humor in the contemporary United States.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1750-1849
Print ISSN
1525-6995
Pages
pp. 24-31
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-30
Open Access
No
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