Explores humor as an important means of communicating cultural messages by considering issues such as power, identity and marginality. Focusing on a variety of media – from stand-up comedy performance to literary parody, this course examines humor as social critique and potentially subversive rhetoric. Through analysis and performance of stand-up comedy, students gain an understanding of the relationship between humor and power, and the importance of this relationship in rhetorical and cultural contexts. Course fee.
This course satisfies: AH and Upper-Level