Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery (The W.e.b. Du Bois Institute Series)

4.38 avg rating
( 13 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195304695: Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery (The W.e.b. Du Bois Institute Series)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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 present. Focusing on representations of slavery in the post-civil rights era, Carpio explores stereotypes in Richard Pryor's groundbreaking stand-up act and the outrageous comedy of Chappelle's Show to demonstrate how deeply indebted they are to the sly social criticism embedded in the profoundly ironic nineteenth-century fiction of William Wells Brown and Charles W. Chesnutt. Similarly, she reveals how the iconoclastic literary works of Ishmael Reed and Suzan-Lori Parks use satire, hyperbole, and burlesque humor to represent a violent history and to take on issues of racial injustice. With an abundance of illustrations, Carpio also extends her discussion of radical black comedy to the visual arts as she reveals how the use of subversive appropriation by Kara Walker and Robert Colescott cleverly lampoons the iconography of slavery. Ultimately, Laughing Fit to Kill offers a unique look at the bold, complex, and just plain funny ways that African American artists have used laughter to critique slavery's dark legacy.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Glenda Carpio is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University.

Review:


"An exceptionally well-executed and original piece of scholarship...Carpio's account is compelling, doggedly argued, skillfully executed, and somehow simultaneously both focused and sweeping. For readers interested in humor scholarship, or African-American culture history, or both, Laughing Fit To Kill absolutely deserves a place on the bookshelf." --Studies in American Humor


"One of the most groundbreaking critical studies of black humor in recent memory."--Daphne A. Brooks, Princeton University


"Glenda Carpio has written a marvelously compelling and seminal study of the rich and radical tradition of the uses of black humor, satire, and wit to confront even the most painful aspects of the African American past. This is a delightfully original contribution to the historical and literary scholarship about slavery."--Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University


"Within this theoretically rich and fundamentally interdisciplinary project, Glenda Carpio uses the laugh as both a subject of study and a methodology for analyzing texts ranging from visual art and popular culture to literature and theater. Her book takes a most innovative and insightful approach to the question of how the legacy of slavery continues to resonate within the African American cultural imaginary."--Harry J. Elam Jr., Stanford University


"Laughing is a thorny, fascinating and complex study of black artists - writers, comedians, painters - who use humor to redress the horrors of slavery and its ghosts that linger in the public imagination."--Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Glenda R. Capro
Published by Oxford.
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford. Condition: New. Fine. Paperback. 2008. Originally published at $19.95. Seller Inventory # W58771b

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 3.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Carpio, Glenda
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
Mesilla Internet
(Mesilla, NM, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0195304691 New. Seller Inventory # Z0195304691ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.48
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Glenda Carpio
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (2008)
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195304691

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Glenda Carpio
Published by Oxford University Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0195304691

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Carpio, Glenda
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2008. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # VU-9780195304695

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Glenda Carpio
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Modern black humor represents a rich history of radical innovation stretching back to the antebellum period. Laughing Fit to Kill reveals how black writers, artists, and comedians have used humor across two centuries as a uniquely powerful response to forced migration and enslavement. Glenda Carpio traces how, through various modes of conjuring, through gothic, grotesque and absurdist slapstick, through stinging satire, hyperbole, and burlesque, and through the strategic expression of racial stereotype itself, black humorists of all sorts have enacted rituals of redress. In highlighting the tradition and tropes of black humorists, Carpio illuminates the reach of slavery s long arm into our contemporary popular culture. She convincingly demonstrates the ways that, for instance, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle s modes of post-Civil Rights tragicomedy are deeply indebted to that of William Wells Brown and Charles Chesnutt s 19th-century comedic conjuring. Likewise, she reveals how contemporary iconoclasts such as Ishmael Reed and Suzan-Lori Parks owe much to the intricate satiric grammar of black linguistic expression rooted in slavery. Carpio also demonstrates how Robert Colescott s 1970s paintings and Kara Walker s silhouette installations use a visual vocabulary to extend comedy in a visual register. The jokes in this tradition are bawdy, brutal, horrific and insurgent, and they have yet to be fully understood. Laughing Fit to Kill provides a new critical lexicon for understanding the jabbing punch-lines that have followed slavery s long legacy. Seller Inventory # BTE9780195304695

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Carpio, Glenda
Published by Oxford University Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110195304691

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Carpio, Glenda
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0195304691 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0042033

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Glenda R. Carpio
ISBN 10: 0195304691 ISBN 13: 9780195304695
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Modern black humor represents a rich history of radical innovation stretching back to the antebellum period. Laughing Fit to Kill reveals how black writers, artists, and comed.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 287 pages. 0.472. Seller Inventory # 9780195304695

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds