Special Issues

Call for Papers: “Is American Satire Still in a Postmodern Condition?”

Special issue on contemporary satire for Studies in American Humor (Fall 2016), James E. Caron (University of Hawaii—Manoa), Guest Editor; Judith Yaross Lee (Ohio University, Editor).

In response to the torrent of satiric materials that has been and continues to be produced in recent years, Studies in American Humor invites proposals for 20-page essays using the rubric of “the postmodern condition” as an analytical gambit for demarcating a poetics of American comic art forms that use ridicule to enable critique and promote the possibility of social change. Proposals might focus on aspects of the following issues.

What problems are associated with defining satire as a comic mode, and how do recent examples fit into such debates? How useful is the term postmodern to characterize satire—i.e. does it refer to a period or an operation? How useful for understanding recent and contemporary satire are terms designed to indicate we have moved into something other than postmodernism: e.g. trans- or post-humanism, cosmodernism, digimodernism, post-theory? In accounts of satire as a mode of comic presentation of social issues, what differences arise from varied technologies and platforms, not just print but also TV sitcoms (live-action or animated), movies, comic strips, stand-up formats, or the sit-down presentation of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Do significant differences emerge from satires on YouTube (or the video-sharing service, Vines) and various Internet sites (e.g., Funny or Die) and social media? If ridicule, broadly speaking, is the engine of satiric critique, what ethical concerns are entailed in its use?

Various disciplinary perspectives and methods are welcome. StAH values new transnational and interdisciplinary approaches as well as traditional critical and historical humanities scholarship. Submit proposals of 500-750 words to StAH’s editorial portal <http://www.editorialmanager.com/sah/> by June 15, 2015, for full consideration. Authors will be notified of the editors’ decisions in early July. Completed essays will be due by January 15, 2016.  For complete information on Studies in American Humor and full submission guidelines see <https://studiesinamericanhumor.org/ >. At the time of publication all authors are expected to be members of the American Humor Studies Association, which began publishing StAH (now produced in association with the Penn State University Press) in 1974. Queries may be addressed to the editors at <studiesinamericanhumor@ohio.edu>.


Past Special Issues

No. 30, Special Issue: Mad Magazine and Its Legacies, 2014

No. 26, Special Issue: Kurt Vonnegut and Humor, 2012

No. 24, Special Issue: Funny Girls: Humor and American Women Writers, 2011

No. 22, Special Issue: Literary Comedians, Literary Comedy, and Mark Twain, 2010

No. 13, Special Issue: The Study of American Humor, 2005-2006

No. 11, Special Issue: Early and Antebellum American Humor, 2004

No. 9, Special Issue: American Women’s Humor, 2002

No. 8, Special Issue: Humor in Popular Culture, 2001

No. 10, Special Issue: Southern Humor, 2003

No. 7, Special Issue: Humor and Ethnicity in the Americas, 2000

No. 6, Special Issue: Recovering New Humor, 1999



No. 3, Special Section: American Literary Humor and the Film, Fall 1985

No. 1, Special Issue: THE NEW YORKER From 1925 to 1950, Spring 1984

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