Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
This live event will not be recorded.
Chair: Greg Kelley (University of Guelph-Humber)
Ian Brodie (Cape Breton University)
Eric A. Eliason (Brigham Young University)
Elissa R. Henken (University of Georgia, emerita)
Merrill Kaplan (The Ohio State University)
Moira Marsh (Indiana University)
This forum will be an open roundtable discussion of our book in progress, whose working title is “It’s Funny Because It Might Be True: Jokes, Legends, and the Blurred Genre Turn.” Editors and contributors will explore the relationship between folk humor and genre—specifically examining how the generic expectations of familiar forms such as jokes, legends, tall tales, personal experience narratives, and pranks are followed, tweaked, and/or violated to achieve performers’ ends with audiences. We hope our dialogue will lead to a better coordinated and refined (and maybe even funnier) set of book chapters.