CFP: American Humor Studies Association (3/1/06; SAMLA, 11/10/06-11/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Edwin Arnold
contact email: 

The American Humor Studies Association at SAMLA seeks papers on "The
Unspeakable as a Laughing Matter." As the recent film "The Aristocrats"
shows yet again, dirty can be funny. So can the shocking, the horrid,
the appalling, the repulsive, and the unspeakable, which can be spoken
if there is the right balance of absurdity, wit, and (perhaps) horror
behind it. This panel is open to studies of such humor, whether in
popular jokes, in literature, in film, on television, or the internet.
Presentations may range from discussions of specific authors whose works
trangress through humor, of films or television shows that revel in bad
taste for satiric or moral purposes, of the need for offensive jokes to
confront horrible situations, and more.

Please send 200-250 word proposals for 20-minute papers to

Edwin T. Arnold
Department of English
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

OR email to <> by 1 March 2006.

In order for the proposal to be considered, include the following

1. Panelist Name and Institution as this information should appear in
the convention program.
2. Panelist Address, Phone Number, and Email address.
3. AV Equipment Request. If the panelist does not wish to have AV
equipment, this information must also be included.

The SAMLA meeting will be held on Nov. 10-12, 2006, in Charlotte, North
Carolina. Panelists must be current members of SAMLA and the American
Humor Studies Association by 1 May 2006. For membership information,
please visit and

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