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Mirth, Merriment, and Mockery: Humor in Early Modern Europe

Posted By Kathleen M. Llewellyn, Saturday, May 6, 2017

The use of humor spread extensively across literary genres throughout the early modern period, reaching a wide variety of readers and poking (sometimes pummeling) an ever expanding array of targets. It was used to criticize, to insult, to correct, and to entertain.

This interdisciplinary Call for Papers seeks submissions that consider the use of humor across genres.  Papers could include studies of anecdotes, jokes, wordplay, songs, poems, pictorial humor, and satire, as well as the impact of developing media and markets across the early modern era on the use and evolution of humoristic expression.  Temporal limits, c. 1400-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                     
Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and should include

  • a title for the paper
  • an abstract of 150 words
  • a 1-page CV
  • current contact information


Submit your proposal to by Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Materiality, the Senses, and the Everyday.”

Tags:  anecdotes  early modern  humor  jokes  literature  satire  wordplay 

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