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46th Annual Comparative Literature Conference

jules cheret Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke. ~ Herman Hesse

The Comic Spirit in the Modern Age ~ April 13-14, 2011

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, 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.


Wednesday Plenary Speaker: Judy Carter, Comedian and author of The Comedy Bible

Plenary Talk: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 2:00pm

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Thursday Plenary Speaker: Ray Lacoste, Former Lecturer of Comparative Literature, CSULB

Plenary Talk: Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 2:00pm

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General Conference Information

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