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THE RISE AND PRATFALLS OF AMERICAN HUMOR - PART 1

Case Western Reserve University

  • Date Wednesday, October 04, 2023 - Wednesday, October 25, 2023
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Case Western Reserve University

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Join Case Western Reserve University''s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program for this upcoming remote lecture on Wednesdays.

How did we get to be so funny? In this two-part course we’ll look briefly at folktale and tall tale origins of humor in American literature. How did the flavor and subjects of our great American humorists develop from the frontier cracker barrel raconteurs to the urban wits of the Algonquin Round Table? What makes our humor American? Is American humor, no matter how hard it tries, always provincial? If so, is that the very heart of the best humor? What’s language itself got to do with it? How does genial humor differ from biting wit? Is humor a pained response to hard times – or a celebration of them? Finally, what’s the point of humor? To show us our common humanity? To give us fresh perspectives on our times? Something else?

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