The Language of Humor in Literature and Film (WVU Thirty-Fifth Annual Colloquium on Literature and Film, September 13-15, 2012)

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Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics/ WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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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:

Irony
Parody
Comedy
Political Satire
Great National Humorists and Their Works
Theories of Humor and Laughter
Challenges of Translating Humor
History of Humor
Humor in Minority Literatures
Humor as Resistance or Subversion
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
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 WVUCOLL@MAIL.WVU.EDU. 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.

Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics/205 Chitwood Hall/Morgantown, WV 26506/304/293-5121