The Renaissance faire is an event that brings together humor, history, and a wide array of live entertainment. In this Independent Study, I explore this venue and examine the humor in the stage performances. This study outlines other anthropological works focusing on the Renaissance faires as well as the various theories I use to enhance my own research understanding. The main theorists I look at include Victor Turner, Edie Turner, Keith Basso, Pamela Frese, and Barbara Babcock. I talk about how I use participant observation and interviews to research my population and list some ways I could improve upon these methods. The study culminates in an ethnographic walkthrough of an American Renaissance Festival and a detailed explanation of the different kinds of humor found there.


Frese, Pamela


Sociology and Anthropology


Linguistic Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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