Girls strike back

the politics of parody in an indigenous TV comedy

Authors

  • Kati Dlaske University of Jyväskylä
  • Saara Jäntti University of Jyväskylä

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/genl.v10i2.24055

Keywords:

Parody, Critique, Media, Intersectionality, Indexicality

Abstract

The diversification of the media has opened up new spaces for performances that seek not only to evoke laughter but also to voice social critique. One example of this development is the TV comedy show Märät säpikkäät/Njuoska bittut, created by two young women belonging to the indigenous Sámi people living in Finland. This paper focuses on one particularly critical sketch in the show: a counter-parody of a popular parody of the Sámi presented by two Finnish male comedians. The original sketch was a parody of ethnicity. As they strike back, however, the female presenters consciously foreground the categories of gender and class, thereby introducing a completely new figure: a white, urban, underclass woman. In this paper we draw on intersectionality and indexicality to analyse this multidimensional performance and its intertextual links to the original sketch. We ask, what do these insurgent discursive practices mean in terms of critique? What do they do under cover of laughter?

Author Biographies

Kati Dlaske, University of Jyväskylä

Kati Dlaske is a post-doctoral researcher in discourse studies at the Department of Languages at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Currently, she is working as a researcher in the Peripheral Multilingualism project (2011–15) funded by the Academy of Finland (www.peripheralmultilingualism.fi). Her research interests include issues relating to popular culture, gender, power and late capitalism, multilingualism and minoritised language communities, as well as theoretical and methodological questions relating to critical multimodal discourse studies. Her research has been published in Discourse and Communication, Sociolinguistica, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Social Semiotics and CADAAD.

Saara Jäntti, University of Jyväskylä

Saara Jäntti PhD works as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Languages at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is currently working on a research/drama project with young Finnish mental health care service users (2014–17, funded by the Academy of Finland) and on ‘Homing blogs’ in a research project on the construction of home, nation and everyday-life in Finnish blogs (led by Tuija Saresma, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation). Her research engages with various theoretical and methodological approaches and centres around the topics of home/space and madness/ mental health with the focus gender, marginalisation and belonging.

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Published

2016-07-15

How to Cite

Dlaske, K., & Jäntti, S. (2016). Girls strike back: the politics of parody in an indigenous TV comedy. Gender and Language, 10(2), 191–215. https://doi.org/10.1558/genl.v10i2.24055

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