Event Title

Blurred Lines: Exploring the Complex Nature of Teasing in the Context of a Romantic Relationship Dynamic.

Presenter Information

Ashley Thomas

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

College

College of Art & Letters

Major

English

Session Number

1

Location

RM 215

Juror Names

Moderator: Professor Kathryn Ervin

Start Date

5-21-2015 1:20 PM

End Date

5-21-2015 1:40 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze how teasing works in a romantic relationship dynamic. While there has been much research that has explored the overall function of teasing based on context and familiarity; and has even explored how teasing can be misconstrued (Hample et al. 2009, Boxer & Cortes-Conde 1997, Lampert & Ervin-Tripp 2006, Dynel 2008) there has yet to be any research done on how teasing can function differently and more complexly in a romantic relationship dynamic and why. Through careful analysis, I will try to answer: (1) Does teasing work differently in a romantic relationship and why? And (2) If teasing is most successful when the two (or more) participants know each other well, what then causes miscommunication between people who are in a romantic relationship dynamic, considering that their level of intimacy and familiarity is often higher than that of a platonic relationship?

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May 21st, 1:20 PM May 21st, 1:40 PM

Blurred Lines: Exploring the Complex Nature of Teasing in the Context of a Romantic Relationship Dynamic.

RM 215

The purpose of this paper is to analyze how teasing works in a romantic relationship dynamic. While there has been much research that has explored the overall function of teasing based on context and familiarity; and has even explored how teasing can be misconstrued (Hample et al. 2009, Boxer & Cortes-Conde 1997, Lampert & Ervin-Tripp 2006, Dynel 2008) there has yet to be any research done on how teasing can function differently and more complexly in a romantic relationship dynamic and why. Through careful analysis, I will try to answer: (1) Does teasing work differently in a romantic relationship and why? And (2) If teasing is most successful when the two (or more) participants know each other well, what then causes miscommunication between people who are in a romantic relationship dynamic, considering that their level of intimacy and familiarity is often higher than that of a platonic relationship?