Irony, Humor, and Laughter in Italian Literature
What is the relationship between irony and other literary techniques, including but not limited to humor? How do authors utilize irony and humor in their texts? Are humor and irony to be considered a literary tool to disguise a personal or political agenda? Or are they simply a resource to entertain their readers?
This panel seeks presentations that analyze or investigate the role of irony, humor, and laughter in texts from early modern to contemporary examples by Italian writers. This panel will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss various new and important perspectives on the use of humor and irony in Italian literature.
We seek papers exploring the manner in which writers convey humor and irony to their readers, to the literary community of their day, and to their society at large. Furthermore, we seek presentations that explore the purpose of humor and irony in such texts.
Possible areas of analysis include: the influence of culture and space on the production and representation of humor and irony, the language utilized to express it, the cultural metamorphosis of humor.
Topics we seek to address include, but are not limited to:
humor and irony
humor, irony and gender
humor, irony and politics
humor, irony and theater
humor, irony and censorship
humor, irony and visual arts
humor, irony and cinema
humor, irony and language
humor, irony and translation
Please submit a 250-word abstract and short bio by September 30, 2019 through the NeMLA site.