Thirty-Fifth Colloquium on Literature and Film

September 13-15, 2012




“Humor in Documentaries? You’ve Got to be Joking!”

Keynote talk by Ross McElwee, Documentary Filmmaker and Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking, Harvard University


"Comedy in the Making: A Conversation with Anne Harris of Comedy Central"

Featuring Anne Harris, Director of Talent, Comedy Central,

and Jay Malarcher, Theater Professor and Humor Scholar, WVU




   The Language of Humor in Literature and Film


We are seeking submissions about the many ways that authors and filmmakers use humor in their works.  Analyses may be about works in any language and time period, and may be presented in English, French, German, or Spanish. Topics include but are not limited to the following:





Political Satire

Great National Humorists and Their Works

Theories of Humor and Laughter

Challenges of Translating Humor

History of Humor

Humor as Resistance or Subversion

Humor in Minority Film and Literatures

Humor of Ethnic and National Identities

Countering Xenophobia and Prejudice through Humor

Comics, Cartoons and Graphic Novels

Gendered Approaches to Humor

Humor in Popular Culture

Humor in Documentaries

The Semiotics of Humor

Stylistics of Humor

Conversation Analysis

Dialect, Stereotype and Humor

The Actor’s Contribution: Body Language, Delivery and Inflection

Puns and Word-Play: Linguistic Ambiguity in Humorous Literature

Pedagogical Approaches to Humor in Literature and Film


Please submit 300-word proposals for papers and/or panels by April 1, 2012 to Deborah Janson, Colloquium Director, [log in to unmask] The program will allow twenty minutes for the reading of each paper with additional time for discussion.  Include a cover letter containing the proposal’s title, complete contact information, and institutional affiliation.You may also direct questions to Dr. Janson via [log in to unmask]


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