Jaclyn Rea is a Senior Instructor in Arts Studies in Research and Writing. Her areas of expertise include language ideologies, writing studies, rhetorical genre studies, and discourse analysis. Her current research investigates the interplay between epistemology and affect in a range of academic, public, and workplace genres. She is also working on a project that examines the sorts of knowledge, learned in WRDS 150, that students apply to their writing in their 3rd and 4th years of study. 


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WRDS 150 Research Area: Academic Laugh Tracks: Reading and Writing Humour Studies

Academic Laugh Tracks: Reading and Writing Humour Studies

In this section of WRDS 150, we will focus on the commonplace but nonetheless complex phenomenon of humour from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to psychology, cultural studies and political science.  We will consider how researchers in these disciplines study the effects and functions of humour. More importantly, we will consider how the methods researchers use to study humour shape their writing about it.