2015–ALA Boston

ALA 2015: American Humor Studies Association

Ethnicity, Humor, and the Nation

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association

Chair: Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio University

  1. “American National Identity, Eugenic Nordicism and George S. Schuyler’s Laughter in Black No More (1931),” Ewa Luczak, University of Warsaw
  2. “ ‘All Welfare Stories Are Not Grim’: Charles Wright’s Black Humor & the US Welfare State,” Irvin J. Hunt, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  3. “The Power of Humor: Re-imagining the American Citizen Through the Performances of Richard Pryor,” Melanie Brandt, University of Colorado Denver

Audio-Visual Equipment required: projector, screen

Requested slot: see below

Print Cultures within the Nation

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association

Chair: James Caron, University of Hawaii

  1. “ ‘[C]haracteristic of the American Mind’: 19th Century Humor, Satire, and National Identity,” Todd Nathan Thompson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  2. “ ‘The Honest, Home-Write Page’: The Search for the Early American Comic Strip,” Alex J. Beringer, University of Montevallo
  3. “Forming Community through Print: Bill Nye in the Pittsburg Dispatch,” Brianne Jaquette, University of Missouri

Audio-Visual Equipment required: Projector, screen

Requested slot: No specific day, but we would appreciate not overlapping with the Mark Twain Circle panels or the Charles Chesnutt panels

Business Meeting Requested: immediately following panel if possible

Charles Chesnutt and Humor

Co-Sponsored by the Charles Chesnutt Society and the American Humor Studies Association

Chair: Viktor Osinubi, Clark Atlanta University

  1. “ ‘Is That Story True?’: Charles W. Chesnutt, Uncle Julius, and American Innocence,” M.M. Dawley, Boston University
  2. “Historical Forgetting and the Problem of Humor in ‘Po’ Sandy,’ “Kristina Deonaldo, University of Kentucky
  3. “Re-Framing Criminal Humor:  Blackface Minstrelsy and Murder in Twain’s Pudd’n’head Wilson and Chesnutt’s Marrow of Tradition,” Sharon McCoy, University of Georgia

Audio-Visual Equipment required: projector, screen

Requested slot: