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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2020-21

CLST 10.08 Laughter and Humor in the Ancient World

What made ancient Greeks and Romans laugh? Do we still get their jokes? What was the function of humor in antiquity, and how does this compare to the role of humor in modern societies? In this course we will investigate these questions by reading ancient Greek and Roman jokes, comedies, and satire alongside modern analyses of humor from psychology, sociology, and cognitive theory. Special themes to be discussed will include laughter and power, irony and satire in philosophy, visual humor, gallows humor, humor and horror, and laughing at others in terms of gender, ethnicity, race, and social class.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:SOC; WCult:CI

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