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Reading Session Berlant & Ngai on Comedy, Humourlessness and the Gimmick. Organized by Eva Sancho Rodriguez and Esther Peeren.

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Date 8 February 2019
Time 10:00 - 13:00
Location P.C. Hoofthuis
Room PCHooft, room 4.22

“Comedy has issues” is the opening argument of a special issue edited by two leading authors in affect theory. Join us for a reading session devoted to the new issue of Critical Inquiry, edited by Lauren Berlant (author of Cruel Optimism) and Sianne Ngai (Ugly Feelings, Our Aesthetic Categories). In this session, we will concentrate on discussing the texts listed below, which we kindly ask you to read beforehand.

  • Berlant, Lauren, & Ngai, Sianne. (2017). “Comedy Has Issues” Critical Inquiry,  43, no. 2 (Winter 2017): 233-249.
  • Berlant, Lauren. "Humorlessness (Three Monologues and a Hairpiece)" 305-340.
  • Sianne Ngai, "Theory of the Gimmick” 466-505.

The text on humourlessness builds on the work Lauren Berlant presented here at ASCA during her workshop in 2015.

Organizers: Eva Sancho Rodriguez & Esther Peeren. Please email Eva ( to receive a link to the readings.

P.C. Hoofthuis

Room PCHooft, room 4.22

Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam