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Open Access Carla en Frank van Putten, moeder en zoon - Een narratologische analyse van de Van Kooten en De Bie filmpjes

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In the first half the 1990s, Kees van Kooten and Wim de Bie appeared in twelve television skits as Carla and Frank van Putten, mother and son. Each instalment follows a fixed narrative development, in which Carla’s domineering behaviour causes deep frustration with Frank. I investigate how these skits relate to Momism: a psychiatric and sociological discourse that ascribes a large number of ‘disorders’ with men – including asthma, autism, homosexuality, and schizophrenia – to an incorrect upbringing by a mother who either suffocates (too hot) or neglects (too cold) her son. Van Kooten and De Bie are commonly thought to make subversive satire. However, by way of a narratological analysis I show that, with the exception of the first two skits, the viewer is consistently invited to laugh at Carla as a bad mother.
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Affiliations: Universitair docent bij de afdeling Engelse letterkunde/Amerikanistiek aan de Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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