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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:50:00 -0600
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Hello all,

Judith Yaross Lee and I are launching a humor studies book series at
Penn State University Press.  Please let us know if you have any
projects on American Humor that might be of interest and please
forward the attached flyer to those who might be interested.  Best,

Tracy Wuster


Penn State University Press

Series Editors: Judith Yaross Lee & Tracy Wuster

From Benjamin Franklin to Mark Twain, Mel Brooks to Richard Pryor, Our
Gang to Inside Amy Schumer, American humor has time and again proven
itself to be more than mere entertainment: it has brought cultural
norms and practices in America into sharp relief and, sometimes,
successfully changed them. The Humor in America series considers humor
as an expression that reflects key concerns of people in specific
times and places.

The series engages the full range of the field, from literature,
theater, and stand-up comedy to comics, radio, and other media in
which humor addresses American experiences. With interdisciplinary
research, historical and transnational approaches, and comparative
scholarship that carefully examines contexts such as race, gender,
class, sexuality, and region, books in the Humor in America series
show how the artistic and cultural expression of humor both responds
to and shapes American culture. The series will publish mainly
authored volumes, not edited collections, and will appeal to audiences
that include scholars, students, and the intellectually curious
general reader.

Questions or submissions should be directed to the series editors at:
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Judith Yaross Lee is Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies
and Charles E. Zumkehr Professor of Rhetoric & Culture in the School
of Communication Studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and the
author, most recently, of Twain’s Brand: Humor in Contemporary
American Culture.

Tracy Wuster teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the
director of the Humor in American Project at UT and the executive
director of the American Humor Studies Association. He is the author
of Mark Twain, American Humorist.

Initial inquiries should take the form of a three- to five-page
proposal outlining the intent of the project, its scope and relation
to other work on the topic, and the likely audience(s) for the book.
Please also include a current CV. The editors note that although it is
a logical fallacy to expect scholarship on humor to be funny, the best
humor scholarship can be fun— and illuminate its exemplars’ comic
spirit—while also being intellectually rigorous and a pleasure to

Series Editorial Board

Darryl Dickson-Carr

Southern Methodist University

Joanne Gilbert

Alma College

Rebecca Krefting

Skidmore College

Bruce Michelson

Emeritus, University of Illinois at


Nicholas Sammond

University of Toronto