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IAS Laughter: Why So Serious? Laughter and Literary Studies

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 22 January 2019

Laughter

We are delighted to welcome Patrick Hayes (Oxford), Huw Marsh (QMUL), and Katie Fleming (QMUL). Julia Jordan (UCL) will provide responses.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Andrew Dean

Location

IAS Forum
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Literary studies, if it is anything, is serious-minded. It is tragedy, not comedy, where the prestige lies. Does this seriousness obscure our ability to value the comic in works of art? What can the comic do? And how might the comic upset our disciplinary expectations? Three academics who have researched comic authors or comedy – Patrick Hayes (Oxford), Huw Marsh (QMUL), and Katie Fleming (QMUL) – will have a free flowing conversation on these themes. Jokes optional.

All welcome. Please note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at some events and that admission is on a first come first served basis. Please follow this FAQ link for more information.