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Gender and sexuality in German literature and performance, theories of body and mind, German literature 1700-present, 18th-century French literature and culture, theater studies, German film
“Beyond Slapstick: Humor, Physicality, and Empathic Performance in Lessing’s Comedies.”
I have been invited to contribute to an international anthology on humor edited by Vivienne Westbrook and Shun-Liang Chao, with publication anticipated for 2017. The book will include chapters on “the Classics, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, Victorian, Twentieth-century and Twenty-first century.” Each chapter will have a broad introduction to humor as it emerges in each of the periods and then a focused essay on a particular author or work from a broad spectrum of artistic and literary production. The authors hope to achieve “a humour framework for contributing new readings to the literary, historical and cultural history fields.”My article will explore humor in eighteenth century Europe.