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When Did Guilt Become a Joke?

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dateSeptember 23, 2010 timeThursday, 12:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Columbia University

Using as its point of departure an off-the-cuff remark by David Letterman about his “Midwestern Lutheran guilt,” Josh Dubler’s paper explored emergent American discourses that tether putatively particular species of guilt to different ethnic identities. Finding such associations flimsy, the paper locates these discourses within a broader reconfiguration of the concept of guilt since 1945.

  • Joshua Dubler Assistant Professor of Religion University of Rochester