Organization: American Humor Studies Assn.
Session Title: The Many Languages of American Humor(sponsored by American Humor Studies Association)
Deadline for submissions: May 20, 2019
Conference: SAMLA 91: Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships
May 15-17, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Reinventing Comics: The Evolution of an Art Form (2000), Scott McCloud, speaking specifically of comics art, wrote, “Comics is a language. Its vocabulary is comprised of the full range of visual symbols [alphabetic, typographic, and pictorial] … both apart and in startling combinations” (1). Thinking broadly, for the purposes of this panel, we will consider languages as including those expressed verbally, visually, gesturally, or in any “startling combination.” This panel welcomes papers on any aspect of the many languages of American humor during different time periods, across different genres, as produced by varying cultures, as conveyed through any media or format, and as speaking to questions of power, identity and relationships … or not! By May 20, 2019, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief biographical statement (including academic affiliation and contact information), and A/V requirements to Anne Anderson, University of South Florida, at email@example.com.