Comedy Central

Autumn 2016-2017


Lauren Berlant; Zachary Cahill

Comedy is a serious subject and art is no laughing matter, but levity displays a type of intelligence that is both profound and nimble and must be met on its own terms. Toward that end, this interdisciplinary seminar will investigate: the various modes through which comedy infects contemporary art, questions of form in the art of comedy, performative objects, the object of comedic performance, and the seriousness of play. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor(s) required; English and DOVA students will have priority. (20th/21st)