Humor in Postwar British Fiction (NeMLA)--deadline extension

deadline for submissions: 
October 7, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Lauryl Tucker / Sewanee: University of the South
contact email: 

New panel chair, new deadline! Please submit abstracts by 10/7 here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/SubmitAbstract/16517

British novels since WWII have been rich in humor, using it for a wealth of reasons from sharp social critique to leavening grimmer features of postwar life, including Thatcherism, unemployment and AIDS. Papers welcome on uses of humor by authors as diverse as both Amises, Edward St. Aubyn, David Lodge, Alan Hollinghurst, Zadie Smith and Hanif Kureishi. Topics might include satires of the upper classes (the flip side of Downton Abbey); the use of humor in the representation of minority groups (queer people, drug addicts, immigrants); humor and historical fiction; contemporary novels’ debt to earlier comic masters (Waugh, Wodehouse).