Humor Studies at the American Literature Association

This Thursday through Sunday!

San Francisco, California

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Humor Studies!!!

<<**Mark Twain!!!**>>



Friday, May 25, 2012

12:40 –2:00 pm

Session 10-B American Mass Culture: Humor, Satire, Gender, Politics

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association

Chair: Janice McIntyre-Strasburg, Saint Louis University

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

Audio visual Equipment required: laptop-compatible projector, and screen

2:10 – 3:30 pm

Business Meeting, AHSA

Saturday, May 26, 2012

9:40 – 11:00 am

Session 16-E 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


Audio Visual Equipment required: none

Saturday: 11:10 am – 12:30 pm

Session 17-D Getting Real: Henry James and Mark TwainOrganized by the Mark Twain Circle of America and the Henry James Society Chairs: James S. Leonard, The Citadel; John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California

1. “Marginal James,” Michael Anesko, Pennsylvania State University

2. “A Possible Biographical Connection between Mark Twain and Stephen Crane,” Paul Sorrentino, Virginia Tech

3. “The Duality of the American Derived Identity Through the Narrative Lens of Henry James and Mark Twain,” Jocelyn Chadwick, Harvard University

Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:10 – 3:30 pm

Session 19-E Mark Twain: Exploration and Conflict

Organized by the Mark Twain Circle of America Chair: John Bird, Winthrop University

1. “Mark Twain’s Autobiographical Dictations and William James’s Concept of ‘The Stream of Thought,’” Patrick K. Dooley, U. S. Air Force Academy

2. “Twain’s War in Pudd’nhead Wilson,” Beverly A. Hume, Indiana University-Purdue University

3. “’A far-off speck that looked like daylight’: McDougal’s Cave and the Vagaries of Discovery in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” Erin Sweeney, University of California, Irvine

Saturday, May 26, 2012 3:40 – 5:00 pm

Session 20-C Finding Mark Twain

Organized by the Mark Twain Circle of AmericaChair: Linda Morris, University of California, Davis

1. “A Digital Palimpsest Mapping Project (DPMP or ‘Deep Map’) on ‘Global Huck,’” Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Stanford University

2. “Huck Finn in China,” Selina Lai, University of Hong Kong

3. “Mark Twain Meets the ‘Irish Brigade,’ Follows them to Lake Tahoe,” Robert E. Stewart, Independent Scholar

Sunday, May 27, 2012–8:30 – 9:50 am

Session 23-A

Business Meeting: Mark Twain Circle

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  1. […] has had something of a dark cloud hanging over it.  In June I arrived in San Francisco for the American Literature Association conference, excited for the conference, for a short vacation, and for the chance to get back to […]

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