112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Satire and Humor

Session Chair: 
Richard E. Hishmeh, Palomar College
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Raincross F
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  1. Zachary Vance, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    This paper shall focus on the humor associated with literary depictions of childhood in the works of Twain, Thurber, and Salinger. While briefly surveying how America’s vision of itself is often exemplified in literary representations of childhood, this study shall primarily explore the powerful agent of humor in representations of American childhood.
  2. Craig Sirles, DePaul University
    In this paper I examine the line that separates publicly acceptable from unacceptable satire and humor by examining numerous online forums and publications. I look at some well-known cases where the joke sank the jokester, and  I also report on interviews I conducted with owners or managers of three Chicago comedy clubs about the allowable and the taboo on the comedy stage. I conclude that what’s above board and what’s below the belt in satire and humor is more a rhetorical issue than a matter of content.
  3. Jennifer Pride, Florida State University
    I argue that satirical caricature mediated the trauma of Haussmannization (1853-1870) by commenting on and undermining the socio-political changes that occurred as a result of this rupture. These satirical images comprise irresolvable binaries regarding the positive/negative impact of Haussmannization and helped 19th century Parisians to laugh at the foibles of modern life by replacing everyday annoyances and problems with comical scenes.
  4. Owen Staley, California Baptist University
    This paper suggests that the satirical dialogues of Lucian of Samosata exercised shaping influence on Erasmus and More, who showed their reception to Lucian’s ideas by imitating both his style and substance in their own works, including Utopia, which in turn has exercised significant shaping influence on current social formations.
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