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Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery
Reassessing the meanings of "black humor" and "dark satire," Laughing Fit to Kill illustrates how black comedians, writers, and artists have deftly deployed various modes of comedic "conjuring"--the absurd, the grotesque, and the strategic expression of racial stereotypes--to redress not only the past injustices of slavery and racism in America but also their legacy in the ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
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A scholarly book on the use of humor in representations of slavery by African-American humorists -- performers, painters, and writers. Beautifully written and breathtakingly astute and capacious, Carpio's account unites these artists in their use of conjure to bring to life stereotypes and then to illuminate their vivid and distressingly persistent life in contemporary culture. She is at once careful and imaginative in her readings, and her critical voice displays wit, versatility, and mourning. ...more
asks a lot of questions about structure and agency in black art, you know, given the whole modernity thing. looks at kara walker, robert colescott and richard pryor. i love being exposed to colescott's 'sunday afternoon with joaquin murietta,' which i have the hardest time locating on google images. joaquin carrillo murietta was dubbed 'the mexican robin hood' back in gold rush days, and wikipedia shows that once he was captured they displayed his head in stockton, ca. the image by colescott is ...more