The Wisdom of Folly: Disrupting Masculinity in King of the Hill

@article{PalmerMehta2006TheWO,
  title={The Wisdom of Folly: Disrupting Masculinity in King of the Hill},
  author={Valerie Palmer-Mehta},
  journal={Text and Performance Quarterly},
  year={2006},
  volume={26},
  pages={181 - 198}
}
This essay examines the recurring themes of masculinity and sports that emerge in the first three seasons of King of the Hill and the ways in which the character Bobby Hill negotiates masculine performativity within a comic frame as the figure of the wise fool. Bobby's folly within the context of sports functions to highlight the slippage in masculinity, opening up a space of ambivalence where subversive performativity is realized. The utility of folly in disrupting gender normativity and… Expand
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