Women, taste, humor

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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