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Satire, Friendship, and Masculinity

Our reports from the Humanities Research Seminar continue.  Here, Dayne Riley, a doctoral student in English, reflects on the role of satire in eighteenth-century Britain. For the famed satirical poets of Augustan Britain (1700-1745), humor and friendship mixed to create... MORE

Humor and the Everyday

This week we continue our series of reports from the Humanities Research Seminar on the topic of humor.  Here, TU student Tracy Kinealy explores contemporary television shows that seek to transform the everyday into something funny and use funny things... MORE

Humor or Nonsense? by Professor Holly Laird

Our regular series of posts by the Humanities Research Fellows continues.  Here, O’Hornett Professor of English, Holly Laird uses Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear to reflect on the relationship between humor and nonsense.

Faculty Spotlight: Kristen Oertel

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will periodically feature the work done by TU’s distinguished faculty.  We begin this new blog series with a look at a new book on Harriet Tubman by Dr. Kristen Oertel. “I was conductor of... MORE

Humor: Satire – Why Don’t They Get It?

Each week this semester, our Humanities Research Fellows will publish short pieces here about their work in our seminar on humor. Week 6 – September 30th Read Selections from Nieman Reports Vol. 58 No.4 Background Gulliver’s Travels

In Memoriam: Joseph Kestner

Today, students, friends, and colleagues gathered in Sharp Chapel to say farewell to Dr. Joseph Kestner, McFarlin Professor of English and Film at the University of Tulsa. His sudden and untimely death on the first day of the fall semester... MORE

Humor, Comedy, and Wit

As classes begin Monday at TU, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will kick off our year-long focus on the topic of humor.  But what exactly is humor?  As this chart showing the word’s frequency suggests, it’s a relatively new idea.... MORE