Areas of Study

Literature and politics

Jun

21

Beginning with jokes like this one, this course will examine the question of Jewish humor, exploring the concept of therapeutic joking, the politics of self-deprecation, and strategies of masking social critique behind a well-timed joke. Rather than reach some essential definition, we will instead investigate literature, stand-up comedy, film, and television of the twentieth and twenty-first century in order to 1) think together about the theory, mechanics, and techniques of comedy and humor and 2) ask how and when a text or performance gets labeled Jewish, by whom and for what purposes.

Courses

People

Harvard College Professor

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of Yiddish Literature

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Office: Dana-Palmer 206

Office Hours: By appointment see Calendly link

Harry Tuchman Levin Professor in Literature, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Office: c/o Reischauer Institute CGIS South S222 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Office Hours: On Leave

Interim Chair, 2024-2025

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Office: Boylston 327

Office Hours: Fall 2024 Office Hours TBA By appointment

Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Office: Barker Center 265

Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2024

Areas of Study