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Humor and Assimilation in Vaudeville

Our latest report from the Humanities Research Seminar comes from Machele Miller Dill, Director of the Musical Theatre Program at TU.  Here she considers the way vaudeville helped explore the rapidly changing shape of American culture in the early twentieth century. I... MORE

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.

Art, Politics, or Entertainment?

Our series of reports by the Humanities Research Fellows at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities continues with this piece by Joli Jensen, Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication.  Here, Professor Jensen reflects on whether or not the rise of mass... 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

The 2015 Humor Seminar

Curious about what the nine fellows at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities are doing in the spring research seminar?  Here’s a look at our syllabus that includes detailed study of topics like satire, nonsense, pain, internet trolls, and vaudeville.... MORE