Laughing to keep from dying : African American satire in the twenty-first century / Danielle Fuentes Morgan.

Author
Morgan, Danielle Fuentes, 1983- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
Description
xi, 189 pages ; 23 cm.

Details

Subject(s)
Series
Summary note
"By subverting comedy's rules and expectations, African American satire promotes social justice by connecting laughter with ethical beliefs in a revolutionary way. Danielle Fuentes Morgan ventures from Suzan-Lori Parks to Leslie Jones and Dave Chappelle to Get Out and Atlanta to examine the satirical treatment of race and racialization across today's African American culture. Morgan analyzes how African American artists highlight the ways that society racializes people and bolsters the powerful myth that we live in a "post-racial" nation. The latter in particular inspires artists to take aim at the idea racism no longer exists or the laughable notion of Americans "not seeing" racism or race. Their critique changes our understanding of the boundaries between staged performance and lived experience and create ways to better articulate Black selfhood. Adventurous and perceptive, Laughing to Keep from Dying reveals how African American satirists unmask the illusions and anxieties surrounding race in the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • The satirical mode and African American identity
  • "The storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake" : slavery and the satiric impulse
  • "Race is just a made-up thing" : abject Blackness and racial anxiety
  • "When keeping it real goes wrong" : vulnerability and satiric misfires
  • "How long has this been goin' on, this thang?" Centering race in the twenty-first century.
ISBN
  • 9780252043390 ((hardcover))
  • 0252043391 ((hardcover))
  • 9780252085307 ((paperback))
  • 0252085302 ((paperback))
LCCN
2020012144
OCLC
1142755280
Other standard number
  • 40030247372
Statement on language in description
Princeton University Library aims to describe library materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we manage. Read more...
Other views
Staff view