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Friday, 07 January

224. Drawing the Punch Line: Humor in Italian American Literature

10:15–11:30 a.m., Platinum Salon J, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Italian American Literature

Presiding: JoAnne Ruvoli, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

1. “‘What’ya Mean I’m Funny?’: Humor and Italian American Masculinities,” Fred L. Gardaphe, Queens Coll., City Univ. of New York

2. “‘Mass Cards Stuck behind Switch Plates’: Detecting Gendered Italian American Comedic Narrative in the Legal Thrillers of Lisa Scottoline,” Roseanne Giannini Quinn, Santa Clara Univ.

3. “Jiggling with History: Postmodern Humor in Binelli’s Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!,” John Wharton Lowe, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

For abstracts, write to after 1 Dec.

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