Buffoon Men

Author: Scott Balcerzak
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814339662
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Film scholars and fans have used distinctive terms to describe the Classic Hollywood comedian: He is a "trickster," a "rebel," or a "buffoon." Yet the performer is almost always described as a "he." In Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians and Queered Masculinity, Scott Balcerzak reads the performances of notable comedians such as W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello through humor and queer theory to expose a problematic history of maleness in their personas. He argues that contrary to popular notions of Classic Hollywood history, these male comedians rearranged or, at times, rejected heteronormative protocols. Balcerzak begins by defining the particular buffoonish masculinity portrayed by early film comedians, a gender and genre construct influenced by the cultural anxieties of the 1930s and '40s. In chapter 1, he considers the onscreen pairing of W. C. Fields and Mae West to identify a queered sexuality and drag persona in Fields's performance, while in chapter 2 he examines the two major constructions of Fields's film persona-the confidence man and the husband-to show Fields to be a conflicted and subversive figure. In chapter 3, Balcerzak considers the assimilation and influence of Eddie Cantor as a Jewish celebrity, while he turns to the cross-media influence of Jack Benny's radio persona in chapter 4. In Chapters 5 and 6, he moves beyond the individual performer to examine the complex masculine brotherhood of comedy duos Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. Buffoon Men shows that the complicated history of the male comedian during the early sound era has much to tell us about multimedia comedic stars today. Fans and scholars of film history, gender studies, and broadcast studies will appreciate Balcerzak's thorough exploration of the era's fascinating gender constructs.

Buffoon Men

Author: Scott Balcerzak
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814339662
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Film scholars and fans have used distinctive terms to describe the Classic Hollywood comedian: He is a "trickster," a "rebel," or a "buffoon." Yet the performer is almost always described as a "he." In Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians and Queered Masculinity, Scott Balcerzak reads the performances of notable comedians such as W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello through humor and queer theory to expose a problematic history of maleness in their personas. He argues that contrary to popular notions of Classic Hollywood history, these male comedians rearranged or, at times, rejected heteronormative protocols. Balcerzak begins by defining the particular buffoonish masculinity portrayed by early film comedians, a gender and genre construct influenced by the cultural anxieties of the 1930s and '40s. In chapter 1, he considers the onscreen pairing of W. C. Fields and Mae West to identify a queered sexuality and drag persona in Fields's performance, while in chapter 2 he examines the two major constructions of Fields's film persona-the confidence man and the husband-to show Fields to be a conflicted and subversive figure. In chapter 3, Balcerzak considers the assimilation and influence of Eddie Cantor as a Jewish celebrity, while he turns to the cross-media influence of Jack Benny's radio persona in chapter 4. In Chapters 5 and 6, he moves beyond the individual performer to examine the complex masculine brotherhood of comedy duos Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. Buffoon Men shows that the complicated history of the male comedian during the early sound era has much to tell us about multimedia comedic stars today. Fans and scholars of film history, gender studies, and broadcast studies will appreciate Balcerzak's thorough exploration of the era's fascinating gender constructs.

The Buffoon Men

Author: Scott Balcerzak
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ABSTRACT: This study provides an alternative understanding of Classic Hollywood's depictions of masculinity through an analysis of 1930s comedians. These figures initiated what I call the masculine comedic, an entertainment trend for much of the 20th century consisting of a popular fraternity of male comedians that aggressively excludes women. While certain female performers such as Mae West challenge this trend, they tend to be the exception that proves the rule. In contrast to other types of mainstream cinema, films of the masculine comedic provide a valid history of the cultural undercurrents driving American male identity. In each of my chapters, I explore a different current that greatly defines this alternative narrative, from the economic to the ethnic to the technological to the fraternal. The first chapter examines W.C. Fields as an ironic male icon who can be seen as a telling contrast to Mae West's iconic position as feminist icon. The second chapter considers ethnic influences upon the masculine comedic in the form of Eddie Cantor's influential progression from a Jewish stereotype onstage to a 'whitefaced' version of a 'nebbish' onscreen. I then examine technological influence through radio's effect by analyzing Jack Benny's on-air 'queer' voice and its only partly successful adaptation to cinematic stardom. The dissertation concludes with an analysis of fraternal myths as they relate to the queered relationships highlighted in three popular comedy duos: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. All these comedians illustrate a complex range of comedic commentaries on masculine ideals and expose the fragilities of gender performance itself. As such, they reveal the often peculiar, yet revelatory, relationship between masculinity identity and comedy as it still permeates throughout much of popular culture.

Buffon

Author: Jacques Roger
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801429187
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Development of an aviary and menagerie. His massive, thirty-six-volume System of Nature was the most widely collected work of the Enlightenment, reaching more readers than even the classics of Voltaire and Rousseau. After Buffon's death, however, his importance as a scientist was denigrated, and little information about him has been available in English. This biography, the life work of Jacques Roger, finally gives Buffon his due. Roger transforms Buffon's image from.

Buffoon

Author: John
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers
ISBN: 192821150X
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“The strangest, most original book to ever come out of Africa and possibly the most important” This is a tale of redemption after a descent into the ether – set against a primal African backdrop; it purports to be a good read but also to have redeeming social value by providing insight into the solution of a fatal and universal malady – by turns humorous, dark, historically informative and, just possibly, uplifting. Briefly, the story, given in monologue by an ‘anti- hero’, begins in eastern Zimbabwe with ‘the drinking night that had everything’, including a brush with death via car accident. It sets the tragic-comic theme of alcoholism in a setting that is luxurious, exotic and violent. The narrative maintains momentum throughout and connects the disparateness of crime, killing, genius and sainthood through a sequence of travel to all corners of the world. There is a strong metaphysical overprint to this true-life journey and the readers will come out the other side able to identify, at some level with the text, somewhat refreshed, enlightened and made stronger in their life’s affirmation. In essence, this is the purpose of Buffoon and the basis of its claim to be one of a kind. It is also a love story. Response to date from 20–30 readers of ages varying from 25–85, including eight different nationalities, essentially the ‘intelligent layman’ (architect/ lawyer/surgeons/businessmen), has been astonishing.

Johnson s Brexit Dictionary

Author: Harry Eyres
Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 1782274995
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A delightful and essential compendium of words, new, old or abused through Brexit. BLUNDER. To mistake grossly, to err very widely. 'Someone had blundered' (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 'Charge of the Brexit Brigade') EUTHANASIA. An easy death. Strangulation by EU regulations, according to Brexiteers. 'Brexit' seems to mean many things, but none of them is clear. Fortunately, help is at hand from Harry Eyres and George Myerson, who offer us pithy and incisive definitions of the key terms associated with this momentous process. From 'COCK-UP' to 'WRETCHED' via 'BUFFOON' and 'MAY', Johnson's Brexit Dictionary is a delightful, witty and essential compendium inspired by Dr Johnson's original, and updated for our turbulent times.

Biography of a Buffoon

Author: M Paul Sinclair
Publisher: Aequis International
ISBN: 9780999474303
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While Paul Sinclair uses the life of Reverend Al Sharpton as the foundation for his cutting political commentary, his message isn't about a single person. Instead, Sinclair examines Sharpton's tragicomedic relationship with the black community and uses it as an example of greater issues-the psychosis of deficiencies and dissonance of identities formed in oppression that gives rise to exploitation by charlatan politicians, preachers, and activists. Sinclair, who has spent his life championing diversity in the workplace and fighting racism in his own life, warns you against believing in charlatans, demagogues, and conmen bearing rhetorical gifts of waging "issues" campaigns on behalf of the oppressed and victimized in society. He uses examples from Sharpton's life as lessons in identifying and avoiding narcissists, megalomaniacs, and sanctioned hustlers. In doing so, Sinclair addresses controversial events, including Sharpton's extensive history of bartering black votes for endorsement cash in local New York City mayoral races, his "rent-a-protests" attempts at corporate shakedowns, and his national presidential campaign in 2004 that was financed and managed by visceral Republican opponents of the Democratic Party, seeking to weaken it. Sharpton's propensity for inventions and self-aggrandizement through association with the famous are also cited. This includes placing himself in Kinshasa, Zaire, for the famed 1974 Muhammad Ali-George Foreman boxing matchup when Sharpton was really sixty-four hundred miles away in New York City. Dropping himself in midst of Shirley Chisholm's historic 1972 presidential campaign is also cited, among many equally doubtful examples. Most importantly, Sinclair shows how the black leadership and the Democratic Party have been insidiously weakened from within by a man who subordinated the former by blackmailing the latter. His shocking indictment of Sharpton stems from Sharpton's own words. Sinclair tracks events, claims, and characters through Sharpton's own publications and points out the falsity of words and events Sharpton has written about. Throughout, Sinclair stresses the need for a new generation of courageous, morally untainted, and transparent black leaders. He points out the hypocrisy of Sharpton and others as a powerful warning of the perils of ignoring history and accepting anything at face value. In the end, he suggests that only black America can arrest its own exploitation and negation, the start of which is the removal of men like Reverend Sharpton from center stage.

Iron Man

Author: Tony Iommi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471112438
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The name 'Tony Iommi' sends shivers down the spines of guitarists around the world. As lead guitarist and songwriter of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades and the inventor of heavy metal. From working class, Midlands roots, his unique playing style - a result of a disfiguring hand injury he suffered working in a sheet metal factory - created a dark and gothic sound unlike anything that had been heard before and which captured the mood of its time. Sabbath went on to become a superband, playing to massive audiences around the world and selling millions of records, and Iommi led the life of a rockstar to the fullest - with the scars from all the drug-fuelled nights of excess and wildness to show for it. Iron Manis the exclusive account of the life and adventures of one of rock's greatest heroes.

The Vanishing Vel zquez

Author: Laura Cumming
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476762163
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“As compelling and entertaining as a detective novel” (The Economist), the incredible true story—part art history and part mystery—of a Velázquez portrait that went missing and the obsessed nineteenth-century bookseller determined to prove he had found it. When John Snare, a nineteenth century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he found a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young—too young to be king—and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to whom the piece was attributed. Snare had found something incredible—but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations. Velázquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. When Prince Charles of England—a man wealthy enough to help turn Spain’s fortunes—proposed a marriage with a Spanish princess, he allowed just a few hours to sit for his portrait, and Snare believed only Velázquez could have been the artist of choice. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized and forced to choose, like Velázquez himself, between art and family. A thrilling investigation into the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work, The Vanishing Velázquez is a “brilliant” (The Atlantic) tale of mystery and detection, of tragic mishaps and mistaken identities, of class, politics, snobbery, crime, and almost farcical accident that reveals how one historic masterpiece was crafted and lost, and how far one man would go to redeem it. Laura Cumming’s book is “sumptuous...A gleaming work of someone at the peak of her craft” (The New York Times).

Every Man A King

Author: Huey P. Long
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0786723181
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Huey Long (1893–1935) was one of the most extraordinary American politicians, simultaneously cursed as a dictator and applauded as a benefactor of the masses. A product of the poor north Louisiana hills, he was elected governor of Louisiana in 1928, and proceeded to subjugate the powerful state political hierarchy after narrowly defeating an impeachment attempt. The only Southern popular leader who truly delivered on his promises, he increased the miles of paved roads and number of bridges in Louisiana tenfold and established free night schools and state hospitals, meeting the huge costs by taxing corporations and issuing bonds. Soon Long had become the absolute ruler of the state, in the process lifting Louisiana from near feudalism into the modern world almost overnight, and inspiring poor whites of the South to a vision of a better life. As Louisiana Senator and one of Roosevelt's most vociferous critics, "The Kingfish," as he called himself, gained a nationwide following, forcing Roosevelt to turn his New Deal significantly to the left. But before he could progress farther, he was assassinated in Baton Rouge in 1935. Long's ultimate ambition, of course, was the presidency, and it was doubtless with this goal in mind that he wrote this spirited and fascinating account of his life, an autobiography every bit as daring and controversial as was The Kingfish himself.