‘Girls wanna have fun’?: The Comical free Verse in Dorothy Parker’s Poetry during the Roaring Twenties

Francisco José Cortés Vieco


Dorothy Parker’s corpus of poetry transcends the portrait of a socialite and mythic times: New York in the Roaring Twenties. Underneath jazz rhythms, fun nights and the neon lights of this city, public and private female anxieties remain. The witty, but caustic, humor in this American writer’s verses plays the role of a subversive, modern coda that criticizes social and gender inequalities. This does not only attenuate or strengthen her tragic biography of unrequited love, but it also universalizes, embraces and detaches its author from models of contemporary femininity. Despite the mockery of the literary canon that minimizes her legacy, Parker laughs last because her comedy, from black to bright, illustrates women’s ultimate access to their own poetry and humor.


Humor; Drama; Woman; Man; Society; Amusement; Love; Unhappiness


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/fem.2014.24.12

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