ENGL S-185 Wit and Humor
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Emphasizing wit and humor rather than comedy as classically understood, the course considers selected texts and films (for example, Mark Twain, P. G. Wodehouse, Dave Barry, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Monty Python) in the light of theoretical studies by psychologists, sociologists, and critics who have tried to explain why people laugh, want to laugh, and pay to be made to laugh.
Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Emerson Hall 101
Optional sections to be arranged.
Start dateMonday, June 25
Leo Damrosch, PhD.
Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University