CFP: [American] NeMLA

full name / name of organization: 
Ryan Wepler
contact email: 

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), 40th Anniversary Convention
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Our cultural discourse on humor is filled with metaphors--dying with
laughter, punch lines, a joke that "kills"--that link laugher and
violence. The history of American humor has repeatedly literalized these
metaphors in a variety of forms, from slapstick to comic gore. This
panel seeks submissions that interrogate the links between violence and
laughter in American literature and culture in order to assess what the
combination of these two seemingly opposed discourses suggests about
American national identity.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

The politics of comic violence
Slapstick humor
Comic representations of sexual violence
The role of the body in laughter and violence
Horror film/novel humor
Disaster jokes
The gendering of violent humor
Comic treatments of contemporary violence
Humor as a weapon against violence
Laughter's relationship to trauma
Violent humor as transgressive
Satiric violence
The structure of violent jokes
Humor as aggression
Comparative studies of violent humor

Email 300-500 word abstracts, affiliation, and contact info, to Ryan
Wepler, If you know of any AV needs, please note
those as well.

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Note: the complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention is posted at

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention
participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present
at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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