ENGL S-185 Wit and Humor

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7-week session | CRN 33785

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.

Course information
Class meetings

Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Emerson Hall 101

Optional sections to be arranged.

Start date

Monday, June 25


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Registration Closed
  • Faculty

    Leo Damrosch, PhD.

    Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University