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Robert J King <[log in to unmask]>
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*Special issue of Studies in American Humor, Fall 2015*

*American Humor in the 1920s and 1930s: Cross-media Perspectives *


*Studies in American Humor*, the journal of the American Humor Studies
Association, invites submission of scholarly papers on humor across media
in the 1920s and 1930s for a special issue of the journal appearing in the
fall of 2015, coedited by Rob King (Columbia University) and Judith Yaross
Lee (Ohio University). Specifically, we are interested in papers that
explore the circulation of humor within and across media industries during
this formative period in the consolidation of American mass culture.

Recent research on early twentieth-century mass culture has challenged
medium-specific histories of entertainment industries by examining the
growing integration of radio, film, and music publishing during the 1920s.
What has not been researched, however, is the role that humor played within
this changing media landscape. What function, for instance, did humor play
in greasing the wheels of an increasingly convergent entertainment
industry? How were discrete forms of comedic expression remediated by comic
performers and humorists who adapted their talents to different media

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

·      stage comedians’ transition to movies, especially following the
advent of sound film (the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, Mantan
Moreland, Moran and Mack);

·      comparisons between comic writers’ contributions to periodicals such
as *The New Yorker* and their work in other media (e.g., Ben Hecht, Donald
Ogden Stewart, or Dorothy Parker in Hollywood);

·      relations between cartoon and comic verbal contents of print media;

·      comic celebrity or stardom across media (e.g., Robert Benchley,
Anita Loos, Will Rogers);

·      racial or ethnic humor or caricature across media (e.g., cross-media
representations or themes, works across media by individual humorists);

·      radio’s emergence as a mass medium (e.g., adaptations of print and
stage traditions to radio shows like *Lum and Abner*).

Potential contributors should send queries and abstracts (500-750 words) to
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due March 1, 2015. General information on *Studies in American Humor* and
submission guidelines are available at

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