Call for Papers: American Humor/Humor in (the) America(s)

American Humor/Humor in (the) America(s) 

Americana Special Issue

Call for Papers

American Humor/Humor in (the) America(s) 

Americana Special Issue

Guest editor: Zsofia Anna Toth, PhD (University of Szeged)

We invite papers to be published in a Special Issue dedicated to the questions and expressions of American humor in AMERICANA, E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary ( in the Fall of 2022. We would like to cover as many aspects of this varied field as possible so all kinds of humor producers and humorous products are welcome to be discussed and analyzed that belong to American literature and culture. The alternative title also suggests that works can also address questions of the Americas, how humor can also be an expression of various interpretations of America as well as American identity and how these meanings can be expanded even if the primary focus is on the United States. Humorous works and performances that discuss variations on/of what it means to be an American, which reinterpret what/who ‘the ideal American’ is, are of great interest especially from minority points of view that also include questions of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, class, ableism etc. We intend toinvestigate the issue of American humor from as many angles and perspectives as well as timespan (including works from previous centuries up to our current times) as possible primarily within the fields of literature, culture and history aiming towards interdisciplinarity.   

If you are interested, please, send me a 250-word abstract and a brief bio by the 10th of June, 2022 to The deadline for the full papers of 5000-7000 words is the 9th of September, 2022. 


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