CFP: Umorismo: Pirandello and Contemporary Approaches to Humour

CFP: Umorismo: Pirandello and Contemporary Approaches to Humour
24 July 2020, 11.58pm - 11.59pm
Call for Papers
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Society for Pirandello Studies Annual Conference

Abstracts deadline: Friday 24 July 2020

Conference:  Saturday 19 September 2020

The annual one-day conference of the Society for Pirandello Studies aims to embrace a wide variety of methods and approaches to Pirandello’s œuvre, and to bring together theatre professionals, critics and scholars representing a range of disciplines. In the centenary of the second and definitive edition of Pirandello’s critical essay L’umorismo, this year’s conference will focus on Pirandello’s umorismo and its relation to more recent theories and practices of humour. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Pirandello’s umorismo: genealogy, theory and practice;
Pirandello’s influence on later theories of humour;
Umorismo and neighbouring categories, such as Romantic irony, the absurd, and the grotesque; 
Umorismo in twenty-first-century literature, cinema, and other media;
Humour, umorismo, and gender; and
Humour and umorismo across disciplines, including sociological, psychological and anthropological perspectives.

Abstracts and biographies of c.200 words each (in English) for papers of 20 minutes’ duration should be sent to Dr Enza De Francisci at  

The deadline for abstracts is Friday 24 July 2020.

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Cathy Collins
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