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Graduate Student Brown Bag: Jason Watson

Wed, Jan 20, 12:00 pm
GISB 3015

Fanning the Flames of Discontent: Exploring Pretense and Dissimulation in Irony

“Many discussions of irony begin with a humorous or tragic tale, usually a story that the author believes their audience will find meaningful. Seldom, however, does one interrogate the contents of a narrative that one does not connect with or find compelling in some way. This brown bag talk explores how searching for the ironic in Persian jocular tales can help in articulating and learning otherwise contextually dependent values and meanings of which a non-native interpreter may not initially be privy. This is done through the exploration of methods of joke analysis that look at structure, content and context in order that one can find what may at first appear un-humorous humorous.”


About the IAUNRC Brown Bag series:

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center’s Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks are an excellent opportunity to converse with fellow students, receive feedback in an informal environment, and learn from their peers.

If you are interested in giving a talk this or the following semester, please contact us at

All are invited to hear a presentation from graduate students and former graduate students who study the region to discuss their methods, recent work, goals, and experiences.