But Seriously, Times Are Tough: Comedy in Recession and Depression

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In keeping with the informal theme of the 2011 conference of "Play..No Seriously", this session invites papers on the roles of comedy in times of economic distress and financial crisis. While comedy has often been considered as "escapist" art in times of economic calamity, this panel will explore how comic works in literature, film, television, and music function in more serious terms than providing relief from the rigors of economic hardship. Possible avenues of exploration include how comedy can critique or subvert culture or government in a recession or how comedy can reinforce reactionary perspectives during a time of depression. Papers from all time periods and contexts are welcome. Of particular interests are papers addressing the "Great Recession" and / or non-American topics..

Please e-mail abstracts not exceeding 250 words to Paul Gagliardi, prg@uwm.edu by July 11th.