Spring 2021

Linguistics 096
Deconstructing Humor
Professor Diana Popa

Throughout history, and later on in contemporary academic research, people have tried to establish what humor is, as well as how it functions. In the present, there are over 100 competing theories of humor that range from general theories to characterizations and descriptions. This course takes a linguistic lens when trying to deconstruct the mechanism of humor. However, in our endeavor to understand what is funny, why it is funny, how it is funny, when it is funny, and to whom it is funny, we touch upon other aspects of humor, such as its inherent cultural component, social functions, and political implications. The course introduces and further illustrates the concepts of incongruity, script opposition, high context and low context humor, self-deprecating humor, and gelotophobia.

Fall 2020

World Literature 095
Translation & Transformations
Professor Kyle Ikeda

Translations play a vital role not only in information transmission across cultures and languages, but also in the realm of creative content. While Google Translate has made more of the global internet more accessible with a simple copy/paste, the translating of subtle and intricate nuances of cultural content require the expertise of the human translator. In the digital-media era, the need for more translators has only grown as consumers of cultural content have increasingly demanded immediate access to movies, video games, graphic novels, manga, anime, television dramas, novels, and other media. This course examines various forms of translation within the increasingly digital globalized world of content media, including video game and popular entertainment localization, film and video subtitling vs dubbing, simultaneous release translation/subtitling, and emerging forms of user generated scanlations and localization projects. In addition to issues in cultural translation from Japanese, the course explores examples from other foreign languages through guest lectures by faculty across UVM’s foreign language departments.