2014: ALA Washington, D.C.

ALA 2014: American Humor Studies Association


Political Humor from Nasby to Colbert

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association

Chair: Tracy Wuster, Independent Scholar

1.     “Petroleum Nasby, the Stephen Colbert of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” Jon Miller, The University of Akron

2.     “An In-depth Analysis of Humor in the Work of Anna Julia Cooper,” Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds, Texas Woman’s University

3.     “Failing to Organize:  Phyllis Diller and the Feminism of Domestic Failure,” Kathryn Kein, George Washington University

4.     “Parody, Hoax, Attack, and Impetus:  Contextualizing Contemporary News Satire,” Karleanne Matthews, University of Rochester


Graphic Humor in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association and Research Society for American Periodicals

Chair: Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio University

1.     “Approaching the Study of Graphic Art in 19th Century Periodicals: Gauging Questions of Authorship, Intent, and Reception,” Bonnie M.` Miller,UMass Boston

2.     “Racism, Bohemianism, and the Dark Face of American Political Humor: The Case of New York’s Vanity Fair, 1859-1863,” Robert J. Scholnick. Coll. of William and Mary

3.    “A Different Type of Humor: Francis Hopkinson & Typographical Play in Early American Periodicals,” Kevin A. Wisniewski, University of Maryland Baltimore County


Teaching American Humor: A Roundtable

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association

Moderator: M. Thomas Inge, Randolph-Macon College/Palacky University

1.     “Teaching Great American Jokes,” Jeffrey Melton, University of Alabama

2.     “A Humorous (Dis)Course,” Rebecca Krefting, Skidmore College

3.     “What’s funny about African American Literature?” Kimberly Blockett, Penn State University, Brandywine

4.      “Comic failure: Debunking the “Equal Opportunity Offender” as a Criteria of Comic Brilliance,” Lori L. Brooks, University of Michigan


Audio-Visual Equipment required: None

Requested slot: Saturday

Business Meeting Requested:  immediately following panels if possible