By Susanne Reichl, Mark Stein
Humour is a key function, laughter a principal aspect, disrespect an essential textual technique of postcolonial transcultural perform. units equivalent to irony, parody, and subversion may be subsumed less than an interventionist stance and feature for that reason acquired a few serious consciousness. yet literary and cultural postcolonial feedback has been marked by means of a restraint verging at the pious in the direction of the broader importance and features of laughter. This assortment transcends such orthodoxies: laughter can represent an intervention – however it may also functionality differently. The essays amassed right here take an curiosity within the strategic use of what can loosely be termed laughter – in all its manifestations. analyzing postcolonial transcultural perform from a variety of disciplinary and methodological views, this learn seeks to examine laughter and the postcolonial of their complexity. For the 1st time, then, this assortment gathers a gaggle of overseas experts in postcolonial transcultural stories to examine the services of laughter, the comedian and humour in quite a lot of cultural texts. participants paintings on texts from Africa, Asia, Australia, North the USA, the Caribbean, and Britain, studying paintings via authors reminiscent of Zakes Mda, Timothy Mo, VS Naipaul, and Zadie Smith. This interdisciplinary assortment is a contribution to either, postcolonial experiences and humour thought.
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Cheeky Fictions: Laughter and the Postcolonial (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 91) by Susanne Reichl, Mark Stein