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Furiously funny : comic rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock

Author: Terrence T Tucker
Publisher: Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The history of African American humor is difficult to piece together. Occluded by slavery's gaps and distorted by racist stereotypes, African American humor has few extant works prior to the early twentieth century. Tucker's study focuses on comic rage, which he defines as an African American cultural expression that uses oral traditions to convey humor and militancy simultaneously in its confrontation of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terrence T Tucker
ISBN: 9780813054360 0813054362
OCLC Number: 984973611
Description: x, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : a joke to the eye --
(Re)viewing Ellison's Invisible man : comedy, rage, and cultural tradition in an African American classic --
Dick Gregory, Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx : bridging the gap between comedy, rage, and race --
From Absence to Flight : the appearance of comic rage in the black arts and black power movements, 1966-1976 --
Fury in the "promised land" : comic rage in George C. Wolfe's The colored museum and Paul Beatty's The white boy shuffle --
Hollywood shuffle and Bamboozled : comic rage, black film, and popular culture at the end of the century --
Direct from a never scared bicentennial nigger : comic rage in the work of Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, and Chris Rock --
Conclusion : on being pissed off to the highest degree of pissivity.
Responsibility: Terrence T. Tucker.

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Contends that comic rage developed from black oral tradition and first shows up in literature by George Schuyler and Ralph Ellison shortly after World War II. Tucker examines its role in novels and  Read more...

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An important and timely expansion of American racial discourse. Tucker's demonstration of how the comic is not (just) funny and how rage is not (just) destructive is a welcome reminder that willful Read more...

 
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