46th Annual Comparative Literature Conference
“The Comic Spirit in the Modern Age”
April 13-14, 2011
California State University, Long Beach
The history of the evolution of comic forms is variegated and complex. Yet, it is a history that continues to inform the various manifestations and applications of humor within contemporary social discourses. Whether it is delivered in the form of stand-up, on the screen, art, or in the genre of theater, prose or poetry, the conventions by which modern day comedic practice is established are the result of the re-finement, re-negotiation and re-configuration of traditions harking back to Classical, Renaissance and even early 20th century sensibilities.
"The Comic Spirit in the Modern Age" seeks to examine the relationship between present-day conventions of humor and comedy, and the preceding traditions by which they were inspired.
Given the topic of this conference, participants may propose a performance piece (stand up, slam poetry, brief monologues, etc.). Papers and performances should be no more than 20 minutes in length.
To propose a PAPER or PERFORMANCE PIECE, please send an electronic abstract of no more than 250 words along with a brief attached c.v. no later than January 24th, 2011, to Gretchen Dinger (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please put in the subject line of the email: “Comic Spirit Conference Abstract.”
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