Conference: Women Writers and Comedy, 1890-1950 (Online, 17-18 September 2022)

International Conference sponsored by The Elizabeth von Arnim Society and supported by The Open University and Misericordia University. Online, 17-18 September 2022.

About the conference:

1928: Silent film comediennes Anita Garvin and Marion Byron

Is it true that, according to a 2019 study, men are ‘officially funnier than women’?

This two-day literary conference will bring together scholars from across the globe to discuss a wide range of women writers and the comedy they write, drawing on recent scholarship of modernism which has created increasing interest not only in previously undervalued women writers of the first half of the twentieth century, but in the relationship between modernism and comedy.

This conference will encourage participants to consider key questions about women writers’ relationship to comedy in the period: why forms did they use? How and why did they make their readers laugh? And why is the field of funny such a contested territory when it comes to gender?

Keynote Address by Dr. Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Delaware.

This event is sponsored by The International Elizabeth von Arnim Society and supported by The Open University and Misericiordia University.

Please direct questions regarding the conference to: women-comedy2022@elizabethvonarnimsociety.org