Benko Presents at Ethics and Aesthetics of Stand-Up Comedy Conference

Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko presented a paper at the Ethics and Aesthetics of Stand-Up Comedy Conference at Bucknell University. His paper grows out of research he has been doing on affect theory and ethics which has been supported by a Scholarly Productivity Grant. Focusing on the role of feminism in the comedy of Aziz Ansari, he presented on how affect theory shifts the focus on laughter away from a liberal, autonomous subject laughing at the perception of incongruity to a subject immersed in an affected atmosphere that shapes the response to humor.

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