In Winter Term, 1992, the College of LS&A, with additional support from the Department of English and the School of Music, will be sponsoring a group of courses, lectures, and special events collectively entitled The Comedy Semester. The courses are designed to offer students the opportunity to explore the phenomenon we call comedy from a variety of perspectives.
Students are invited to elect one or more of these courses since the approaches and subjects offered are mutually illuminating.
In addition to the formal course offerings, The Comedy Semester will feature a number of ancillary activities designed to sharpen, extend, and challenge traditional definitions of comedy. These activities – including lectures, exhibits, and performances – will in most cases also be available to the community, but students enrolled in the Comedy Semester will often have either special access to these events or special opportunities related to them.
At the end of the term, students enrolled in the Comedy Semester will join together for a celebration of comedy that will feature projects from certain of the classes as well as a variety of comic performances. To be a part of this semester, you need only enroll in one of the courses. There is a possibility of a few additional course offerings in the Department of English Office in 7611 Haven Hall or call 764-6330.
280.001. Thematic Approaches to Literature: Comic Responses to Catastrophe. (Bauland)
318.002. Literary Types: Comedy and the Comic Muse. (Jensen)
413/Film & Video 413. Film Genres and Types: Hollywood Comedy and the Reflection of Reality. (Paul)
448.001. Contemporary Drama: Theater of the Absurd. (Brater)
483.001. Great Works of Literature: The American Comic Novel. (Gindin)
483.002. Great Works of Literature: Four Late Comedies and Romances of Shakespeare. (McNamara)
413/English 413. Film Genres and Types: Hollywood Comedy and the Reflection of Reality. (Paul)
396.008. History Colloquium: Comedy in Catholic Contexts. (Tentler)
399.001. Humor in the Visual Arts (Kirkpatrick)
421/RC Humanities 386. Medieval Drama: The Comic Tradition from Late Antiquity to the Commedia Dell'Arte. (Walsh)
396. Comedy in Catholic Contexts. (Tentler)
Humanities 381. Shakespeare High and Low: The Varieties of Comic Experience. (Walsh)
Humanities 386/MARC 421. Medieval Drama: The Comic Tradition from Late Antiquity to the Commedia Dell'Arte. (Walsh)
French 460.001. Topics and Themes: La Literature Ludique. (Nelson)
The Comedy Room, Fridays noon to one p.m., Kunzel Room, Michigan Union. The comedy room will feature comic performances, live and taped; one-act plays; stand-up comedy; classic videos and short subjects; and comic turns designed to start the weekend right.
A series of films. Sundays at 7 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
February 1 – March 15
"Comedy and the Artist's Eye" at the University of Michigan Art Museum.
February 6 – 7
Babio: A medieval farce. Performances at the Residential College, 5 p.m.
February 8 – March 22
The Pear: French Graphic Arts in the Golden Age.
At the University of Michigan Art Museum.
Toby Zinman: "Sit-trag: American Stage Comedy from Saroyan to the Present."
4 p.m. MLB Lecture Room
February 13 – 16
The Time of Your Life, by William Saroyan. Mendelssohn Theatre. Performances at 8 p.m. Thurs. – Sat., Sun. at 2 p.m. Tickets available at the Michigan League Ticket Office.
Ed Sikov: "Laughing Hysterically: Sex, Repression, and American Screen Comedy."
4 p.m. Auditorium A, Angell Hall
March 2 – April 30
"Brillance Overshadowed: James Sayer, Caricaturist" at the Clements Library.
Robert Rosenblum: "Funny Art and Funny Art History."
8 p.m. Auditorium A, Angell Hall
March 18 – 21
Three Dutch Farces: Residential College Auditorium. 4 p.m.
Samuel Kinser "On the Outskirts of Royal Entries: Prince and People 'Off Broadway.'"
4 p.m. Residential College Auditorium
Louise Stein on The Barber of Seville
4 p.m. Rackham Amphitheatre.
March 26 -29
The Barber of Seville. Mendelssohn Theatre. Performances Thurs. – Sat. at at 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets available at the Michigan League Ticket Office.
April 2 – 5, 9 -12
As You Like It: The Trueblood Theatre. Performances at 8 p.m. Thurs. – Sat., Sun. at 2 p.m. Tickets available at the Michigan League Ticket Office.
Alexander Leggatt: "Into the Woods: As You Like It and the Traditions of English Comedy."
4 p.m. Clements Library
Draper Hill: "Terrible Laughter: Gillray, Nast, and Trial by Caricature."
3:30 p.m., The Clements Library
James Naremore: "Consumer Comedy in MGM's Father of the Bride."
4 p.m. Auditorium A, Angell Hall
April 16 or 17
Comedy Semester Celebration
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