MLA 2004

Transcending and Transforming Humorous Stereotypes in American Film Comedy

Program arranged by the American Humor Studies Association

Presiding: Edward Joseph Piacentino, High Point Univ.

1. “Hollywood Lowbrow’s Ambivalent Other(s): Unrepentant Stereotypes or Transcendent Transgressions?” Paul Chiran Bonila, Community Coll. of Philadelphia, PA

2. “‘Marty, We Are Warming Up for You!’: Humorously Disrupting ‘Lesbian’ Stereotypes in The Sex Monster (1999),” Julia A. Mendenhall, Temple Univ.

Defying Limits: Subversive Humor in the Texts of American Minorities and Women

Program arranged by the American Humor Studies Association

Presiding: Edward Joseph Piacentino, High Point Univ.

1. “Lords (and Ladies) of Misrule: Andrew Jackson and His Comic Doubles,” Jeff Smith, Univ. of Southern California

2. “‘A Slave in Form but Not in Fact’: Subversive Humor and the Rhetoric of Irony in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” Mark K. Burns, Brigham Young Univ., UT

3. “Ralph Ellison’s ‘Extravagance of Laughter’; or, How to Destroy a Laughing Barrel,” Anca E. Parvulescu, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities

3. “Uncanny Durability: Minstrelsy, Repetition, and Spike Lee’s Bamboozled,” Michael Epp, Univ. of Alberta