Cheeky Fictions: Laughter and the Postcolonial

Cheeky Fictions: Laughter and the Postcolonial

by Brill, Mark Stein
     
 
Humour is a key feature, laughter a central element, disrespect a vital textual strategy of postcolonial transcultural practice. Devices such as irony, parody, and subversion, can be subsumed under an interventionist stance and have accordingly received some critical attention. But literary and cultural postcolonial criticism has been marked by a restraint verging on

Overview

Humour is a key feature, laughter a central element, disrespect a vital textual strategy of postcolonial transcultural practice. Devices such as irony, parody, and subversion, can be subsumed under an interventionist stance and have accordingly received some critical attention. But literary and cultural postcolonial criticism has been marked by a restraint verging on the pious towards the wider significance and functions of laughter. This collection transcends such orthodoxies: laughter can constitute an intervention - but it can also function otherwise. The essays collected here take an interest in the strategic use of what can loosely be termed laughter - in all its manifestations. Examining postcolonial transcultural practice from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, this study seeks to analyse laughter and the postcolonial in their complexity.
For the first time, then, this collection gathers a group of international specialists in postcolonial transcultural studies to analyse the functions of laughter, the comic and humour in a wide range of cultural texts. Contributors work on texts from Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, the Caribbean, and Britain, reading work by authors such as Zakes Mda, Timothy Mo, VS Naipaul, and Zadie Smith. This interdisciplinary collection is a contribution to both, postcolonial studies and humour theory.

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From the Publisher
Cheeky Fictions draws attention to an area in postcolonial theory that has been neglected and keeps its promise of connecting insightful critical readings of postcolonial laughter across its differences while proving to be quite an enjoyable and chuckle-provoking read.” in: Anglistik, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2007
“…the volume is a valuable contribution to postcolonial studies. A wide variety of literatures and other media is covered and the intended diversity is indeed a strength of the book, underlining the richness of postcolonial literatures and discourses.” in: Archiv, Vol. 244, No. 1, 2007

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789042019959
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft Series , #91
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
0.67(w) x 0.94(h) x 0.03(d)

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