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‚??Comic Returns: A Symposium on Satire and Parody in Modern Britain‚?Ě
British Modernities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign April 25-26, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Aaron Matz, Department of English, Scripps College

The British Modernities Group invites graduate students to present papers and posters at its ninth annual conference, ‚??Comic Returns: A Symposium on Satire and Parody in Modern Britain.‚?Ě This conference invites papers from faculty and graduate students working on satire from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including English, Cinema and Media Studies, Gender and Women‚??s Studies, and Art History. We seek innovative research that studies satire and parody across media and/or research that explores the role that satire, parody, and adaptation play in modern and contemporary British literature (1800‚??present).

As a phenomenon, humor remains understudied in academic circles. Despite the fact that we encounter satire, parody, and other modes of comic adaptation daily, scholars struggle to find a language that is appropriate to describe these encounters. As translations and disfigurations, satire and parody often move across media boundaries. ‚??Comic Returns‚?Ě will provide a platform for scholars to develop a critical language to describe both our encounters with mixed media adaptations and the disfigurations within them. By bringing together graduate students and faculty from various academic backgrounds, ‚??Comic Returns‚?Ě will seek to create an interdisciplinary space for talking about humor and adaptation.

We invite papers that consider the following perspectives on satire and parody, among others:
Visual caricature
Adaptation theory Comic affect
Parodic/satirical performance Satirical realism
The satirical novel
Literary Plagiarisms and Originality Appropriation
Pastiche and other forms of stylistic impersonation Defacement and Disfiguration

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to by February 24, 2014. Please include your name, along with your departmental and institutional affiliations. Accepted papers and posters will be notified by February 28. 2014. Visit our website,, for more information about the BMG.

Conference Location: Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA
Conference Starts: April 25, 2014
Conference Ends: April 26, 2014

CFP Submission Deadline: February 24, 2014

For more information, contact: Esther Dettmar & John Moore