The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays

Overview

Perhaps best known for his highly acclaimed, short-lived Comedy Central program Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle is widely regarded as one of today's most culturally significant comedians. Through the sketch comedy show and his stand-up act, Chappelle has offered truly memorable commentary on racial and ethnic tensions in American society. This book assembles 13 essays that examine motifs common in Chappelle's comedy, including technology and digital culture; race, gender, and ethnicity; economics and politics; ...

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Overview

Perhaps best known for his highly acclaimed, short-lived Comedy Central program Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle is widely regarded as one of today's most culturally significant comedians. Through the sketch comedy show and his stand-up act, Chappelle has offered truly memorable commentary on racial and ethnic tensions in American society. This book assembles 13 essays that examine motifs common in Chappelle's comedy, including technology and digital culture; race, gender, and ethnicity; economics and politics; music, television, film, and performance; and memory, language, and identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441884
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 1,316,084
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

K.A. Wisniewski is an assistant professor of history at Stevenson University in Stevenson, Maryland. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including journals Genre, The Mochila Review, Welter, and the Small Press Review.

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Table of Contents

Introduction K. A. Wisniewski Wisniewski, K. A. 1

1 Exploring Niggerdom: Racial Inversion in Language Taboos Richard J. Gray Ii Ii, Richard J. Gray Michael Putnam Putnam, Michael 15

2 Comic Genius or Con Man?: Deconstructing the Comedy of Dave Chappelle Novotny Lawrence Lawrence, Novotny 31

3 The Comedian Is a "Man": Gender Performance in the Comedy of Dave Chappelle Andrea Cumbo Cumbo, Andrea 47

4 Dave Chappelle, the Wu-Tang Clan and Afro-Asian America Graham Chia-Hui Preston Preston, Graham Chia-Hui 60

5 Laughing Whiteness: Pixies, Parody, and Perspectives Brian Gogan Gogan, Brian 72

6 Impersonating Hollywood: The Conflicting Identity Discourses of Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories Julia Round Round, Julia 86

7 The Artistry of Ethnography in Dave Chappelle's Block Party C. Riley Snorton Snorton, C. Riley 102

8 Gramsci, Selling Out, and the Politics of Race Loyalty: Exploring Chappelle's No-Show Amarnath Amarasingam Amarasingam, Amarnath 115

9 "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong": Subversions of Racial Authenticity Katherine Lee Lee, Katherine 127

10 When "Keeping It Real" Goes Right Kimberley A. Yates Yates, Kimberley A. 139

11 "White People, Run for Cover": Dave Chappelle's Festival of Misrule Francesca Gamber Gamber, Francesca 156

12. Haunted Dave Chappelle's Radical Racial Politics in the Context of Co-opted Blackness Chiwen Bao Bao, Chiwen 167

Conclusion: Legacy and Dave Chappelle K. A. Wisniewski Wisniewski, K. A. 184

Filmography 195

Bibliography 217

Index 231

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