Comedy as Critique
"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot." — Charlie Chaplin
Other Resources

I will keep updating this page throughout the semester with links to things that I think you might find helpful.

To start off, here are some books on comedy that you might find helpful:

  • Carpio, Glenda. Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery. Oxford UP, 2008.
  • Carrol, Noel. Humour: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford UP, 2014.
  • Limon, John. Stand-up Comedy in Theory, or, Abjection in America. Duke UP, 2000.
  • Morreal, John. Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  • Peacock, Louise. Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014.


THE WRITING CENTER: I encourage you to begin drafting papers as early as possible and to take advantage of the Queens Writing Center located in Kiely Hall 229. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they are trained to work with you as you develop your writing at various stages of the process. Often students find that writing centers are most beneficial when they visit regularly, even at multiple points while writing the same paper, so that they develop a dialogue about their work. You can also work with the Writing Center online at


SPECIAL ACCOMODATION: If you have a learning, sensory, or physical reason for special accommodation in this class, contact the Office of Special Services in 171 Kiely Hall at 718-997-5870 and please inform me.

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