Humor and Travel

“I just flew in from Miami Beach, and, boy, are my arms tired.”

The Society for American Travel Writing and the American Humor Studies Association seek abstracts for a collaborative session on “Humor and Travel” for the American Literature Association annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, May 25-28, 2017.

We welcome papers focusing on individual authors/travelers from any time period as well as conceptual or theoretical discussions that consider the intersections between travel experiences and expressions of humor.

Proposals might consider the following questions:

How does humor serve to define the inevitable incongruities of travel experiences?

How do the often destabilizing effects of travel elicit humor as a response?

How are travel or tourism targets of humor?

What are the rhetorical effects of humor on telling the travel story?

Please email a brief CV and 300-word abstract (and please indicate any audio/visual needs) by 15 December 2016 to Jeffrey Melton ( or Susan Roberson ( using “Humor and Travel” as the subject line.  Scholars of American humor and American travel writing and practicing travel writers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

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