Thursday, 27 December
40. Shadows in the Light: The Pleasure of Dark Comedy
3:30–4:45 p.m., Addams, Hyatt Regency
Program arranged by the American Humor Studies Association
1. “Flannery O’Connor’s Humor: The Violent (and the Funny) Bear It Away,” Mark G. Bosco, Loyola Univ., Chicago
2. “‘I Am Very Old, Very Cynical of the World, and I Know It All. In Short, I Am Seventeen’: Humor as Coping Strategy in Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive,” Roxanne Schwab, Saint Louis Univ.
3. “Selling Postmodern Theory and Rethinking Arthur Schopenhauer: Dark Humor in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections,” Ty Hawkins, Saint Louis Univ.