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ZOOM: Ha! Aaah! The Painful Relationship Between Humor and Horror   

**This class will be taught on Zoom**

From 1920’s “Haunted Spooks” to “Zombieland,” the genre of horror-comedy has never really, well, died.

Humor and horror seem pretty different; one’s a pie in the face, the other’s an axe in the skull. Yet this talk proposes that the two genres are not mortal enemies. Using video clips and examples ranging from Freud & Kant to Abbott & Costello, we’ll explore how horror and humor share a mordant view of our relationship to pain; an obsession with the human body and its multifarious fluids; and a subtext of death and transcendence underlying the eviscerated flesh and fart jokes.

 

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