This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting what faculty members in The University of Tulsa Department of English are reading this summer. Check back often for updates. Enjoy!
“In 2015-16, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will focus on the topic of humor, so I’ll be reading a number of books on the subject. I’ve got Scott Sauls’ Becoming Richard Pryor ready at hand as well as the comedian’s own memoir, Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences. I’m most excited, however, about Sianne Ngai’s Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting. This book seeks to update our long-held belief that art can be sorted into a few classical genres like comedy and tragedy. Her alternatives offer a new way of understanding the complex diversity of aesthetic experience in our remix culture where nothing is ever just one thing.”
Sean Latham is the Pauline McFarlin Walter Endowed Chair of English and Comparative Literature and director of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at TU.