Laughter in “High Art/Low Art”: Playing with Boundaries in French and Francophone Literatures

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2017
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Women in French at SAMLA 2017
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Laughter in “High Art/Low Art”: Playing with Boundaries in French and Francophone Literatures

Throughout history, women writers and artists have had to navigate boundaries, whether they be boundaries imposed by society or expectations regarding their art. This panel will explore the different ways in which women use laughter as a means to break down, question, and subvert boundaries in both “high art” and “low art.” Among questions one may ask: How do women use satire, irony, clichés, pastiche, etc.? and for what goal? What stances do women writers and artists take in their use of humor? How do women use humor to address women’s experiences and concerns? The panel is also interested in exploring how women, through their use of laughter, rethink different genres within “high art” and “low art” in addition to rethinking the boundaries between “high art” and “low art.” Proposals on French and francophone literatures, films, and other art forms are welcome. Papers may be in English or French.  Please send 250-word proposals in English or French to Cathy Leung (CLEUNG34@GMAIL.COM) by June 30, 2017 along with presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, and A/V requirements.

Chair: Cathy Leung, <cleung34@gmail.com>