ALA 2012

American Literature Association, San Francisco

Friday, May 25, 2012

American Mass Culture: Humor, Satire, Gender, Politics

Chair: Joe Alvarez

1. “How Disney Founded the Corporate Welfare State; or, Never Trust a Humorous Homily,” Gregg Camfield, University of California, Merced

2. “Cartooning Strong-Willed Women in Antebellum America,” Teresa Prados-Torreira, Columbia College, Chicago

3. “It’s only brains that count”: The Slippery Semiotics of Intellect in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Abby Goode, Rice University

Mad About Mad: Humor, Satire, and Culture in Mad Magazine

Organized by: John Bird, Winthrop University

Chair: Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio University

Session 14-B Teaching Hawthorne

Organized by the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Chair: Rasmus Simonsen, University of Western Ontario

1. “Poisoning our Students with Hawthorne: Teaching Rappaccini’s Daughter as a Frame Story,” Gabriela Serrano, Angelo State University 2. “’Docile Bodies’: Hawthorne’s House of Corrections for Women,” Angela Rabin, University of Missouri- Kansas City

3. “’This is from the Bible?’: Biblical Background and Teaching Hawthorne’s Tales,” Fay Ellwood, Independent Scholar

Audio-Visual Equipment required: None

Session 14-C Mad About Mad: Humor, Satire, and Culture in Mad Magazine Organized by: John Bird, Winthrop University Chair: Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio University

1. “Dave Berg: Chronicling American Dystopia,” Joseph A. Alvarez, Independent Scholar

2. “Joseph Orlando: His Mad Encounters,” Jules A. Hojnowski, Independent Scholar

3. “Sing Along With Alfred: Humor, Satire, and Culture in the Music of Mad,” John Bird, Winthrop University

Saturday, May 26, 2012 

Theorizing American Humor and Wit: New Directions

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association

Chair: Gregg Camfield, University of California, Merced

1. “American Humor: General Theory and Inconvenient Truth,” Daniel Royot, Universite de Paris, Sorbonne

2. “The Humorist as a Category of Cultural Analysis,” Tracy Wuster, University of Texas, Austin

3. “American Humor Studies for a Post-Nationalist Age: A Manifesto,” Judith Yaross Lee, Ohio University

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