UPDATE: African American Satire, Irony, and Comedy (12/30/05; 2/10/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Dana A. Williams

The conference date has been corrected; the deadline for the call has
changed; and the focus of the call is more generally on satire, irony, and


The Department of English at Howard University invites abstracts of papers
to be presented at its annual Heart's Day celebration to be held on the
university's main campus February 10, 2006. The Heart's Day Conference
commemorates the work of African American and Diasporic writers and supports
the endowment of the Sterling A. Brown Professorship in English. This year,
the Department celebrates the achievement of African American satirical and
comic genius.

Though satire, irony, and comedy enjoy a long history at the hands of
African American authors, more recently, from the late 20th century to the
present, the work of Ishmael Reed through Aaron McGruder has distinguished
these genres. We invite abstracts for papers which contemporize the study
of satire, irony, and comedy as produced by Black authors and cartoonists
from the 19th century through the hip-hop movement.

Abstracts of 400 words or less should be submitted by December 30, 2005 to
d_williams_at_howard.edu or to etraylor_at_howard.edu. Select proceedings of the
conference will likely be published as a collection of essays or as a
special issue of a peer reviewed journal.

Dana A. Williams, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor of African American Literature
Department of English
Howard University
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-5443

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