Last month, M.A. student Rachel Brooks presented her working thesis at the Theorising the Popular Conference in Liverpool, England. The conference spanned two days and featured the work of students and professors alike from many international backgrounds. Rachel was honored to be a part of this engaging academic experience. (Photo: Liverpool Hope University, Eden Building).
Brooks' thesis, currently titled "I Loooove Women: Louis C.K.'s Deconstruction of Romance Norms in the Media," examines comedian Louis C.K. (Louis Szekely) through the lenses of popular romance tropes, sex and gender studies, as well as specific elements of comedy and the philosophy of absurdism. Drawing from a number of sources, her research explores expectations found in popular media and explores the background of the critical response to Louis C.K.'s absurdist skits and scenarios found in both his show and stand-up comedy acts.