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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Literature and Literary Theory