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Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century

Danielle Fuentes Morgan


This book utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to expand the parameters of satire to include the satirization found in twenty-first-century African American forms of expression crossing generic boundaries. While many of these texts and performances are satires or comedies in a traditional sense, some offer the satirization of race itself as a strategy to create space for possible satiric readings. The use of comedy, humor, and satire in these texts and performances incisively problematizes the existing social sphere by highlighting its absurdity in both the reality of racialization and the m ... More

Keywords: satire, comedy, humor, Blackness, laughter, race, post-racial, African American, Black interior, twenty-first century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043390
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Fuentes Morgan, author
Santa Clara University