GERM 470

Humor, Culture, Society

In this course students explore the many textual, visual, and acoustic manifestations of humor as a form of intercultural and interpersonal communication. The seminar proceeds thematically, combining texts and cultural objects from diverse genres such as drama, poetry, fairy tales, film, music, television, and advertisements from the mid-nineteenth century to today. The course also highlights theoretical concepts often associated with humor, such as wit and the ego, parody, satire, the absurd, exaggeration and slapstick, irony, Schadenfreude, Galgenhumor, gesture and body language, and the notions of good and bad taste.