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The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays 1st Edition
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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.
About the Author
K.A. Wisniewski is an assistant professor of English at Cecil College in North East, 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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Introduction K.A. WISNIEWSKI 1
1. Exploring Niggerdom: Racial Inversion in Language Taboos RICHARD J. GRAY II and MICHAEL PUTNAM 15
2. Comic Genius or Con Man? Deconstructing the Comedy of Dave Chappelle NOVOTNY LAWRENCE 31
3. The Comedian Is a "Man" Gender Performance in the Comedy of Dave Chappelle ANDREA CUMBO 47
4. Dave Chappelle, the Wu-Tang Clan and Afro-Asian America GRAHAM CHIA-HUI PRESTON 60
5. Laughing Whiteness Pixies, Parody, and Perspectives BRIAN GOGAN 72
6. Impersonating Hollywood: The Conflicting Identity Discourses of Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories JULIA ROUND 86
7. The Artistry of Ethnography in Dave Chappelle's Block Party C. RILEY SNORTON 102
8. Gramsci, Selling Out, and the Politics of Race Loyalty: Exploring Chappelle's No-Show AMARNATH AMARASINGAM 115
9. "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong" Subversions of Racial Authenticity KATHERINE LEE 127
10. When "Keeping It Real" Goes Right KIMBERLEY A. YATES 139
11. "White People, Run for Cover" Dave Chappelle's Festival of Misrule FRANCESCA GAMBER 156
12. Haunted: Dave Chappelle's Radical Racial Politics in the Context of Co-opted Blackness CHIWEN BAO 167
Conclusion: Legacy and Dave Chappelle K. A. WISNIEWSKI 184
Chapter Notes 197
About the Contributors 229