The Comic Supernatural
Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Royce Hall Conf/Seminar - - Humanities Conf Room 314
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Free and open to the public.
Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, 4 and 5. More parking information available online.
The tropes are as well-known as they are myriad. Deals with the devil. Hell running short of guests, or being robbed of its prey. Heaven dispatching angels to save individuals from their own folly. Ghosts and goblins shaking mortals from their mundane complacency. Gods and goddesses from various pantheons trying on human guise. Witches, genies, and sundry monsters rattling their cages, to the consternation of those in their presence. In the course of each scenario, accidents happen, mistakes are made, the bumpiest road is chosen, an unforeseen twist occurs. And hilarity ensues….
If humanity’s fascination with the marvelous is ancient, a humorous toying with the fantastic appears to be equally as venerable. A supernatural through-line-cum-punch line threads through lore from Balaam’s talking donkey in the Bible, through folk tales and bawdy medieval fabliaux, to Japanese kyogen plays and the Golden Age TV sitcom.
This conference, organized by Sharon King, will explore humanity’s encounters with the supernatural as evoked through comedy and how we understand these encounters in a variety of genres and disciplines from around the world both old and new.
Full schedule on website.