Blending humor and feminism to reach a mass audience

Regina Barreca: Professor of English

When Regina Barreca isn’t teaching Twentieth-Century British Literature, Feminist Theory, The Novel, or Creative Writing, she’s writing books or entertaining audiences with her delightful take on contemporary women. She’s a regular contributor to “Psychology Today,” “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” and “The Huffington Post,” and has written for “The New York Times,” “Cosmopolitan,” “The Harvard Business Review,” and the “Hartford Courant.” She has appeared on “20/20,” “48 Hours,” “NPR,” “BBC,” “Today Show,” “CNN,” “Joy Behar,” and “Oprah” to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor.

During her 25 years of research on humor, from her dissertation to the books she writes for a mass audience, Barreca has found humor to be an important way to make your voice heard. She has used humorous titles to deliver serious messages in eight books including “They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Uses of Humor;” “Perfect Husbands and Other Fairy Tales: Demystifying Marriage, Men, and Romance;” and “Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League.”

Dr. Barreca is a UConn Professor of English, Humorist, Feminist, and Author.

Gina Barreca about her book “Sweet Revenge” on C-Span