Paul Flaig F'12

Paul  Flaig
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2012
Doctoral Candidate
Comparative Literature
Cornell University
Weimar Slapstick: American Eccentrics, German Grotesques

This dissertation focuses on the influence of American slapstick comedy on German media practices during the Weimar period (1919-1933), especially filmmaking, advertising, avant-garde art, and intellectual reflection. It addresses how Weimar culture reappropriated slapstick and its forms, including a montage of gags, a grotesque body, an industrial/urban mise-en-scène, and slapstick’s status as globally circulating commodity. The dissertation is comprised of comparative analyses of the films of Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, and Felix the Cat with works by playwright Bertolt Brecht, Dadaist Raoul Hausmann, filmmakers Guido Seeber and Paul Leni, and comedian Curt Bois.