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A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America

Ted Gournelos and Viveca Greene

Abstract

This book analyzes ways in which popular and visual culture used humor—in a variety of forms—to confront the attacks of September 11, 2001 and, more specifically, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary volume brings together scholars from four countries to discuss the impact of humor and irony on both media discourse and tangible political reality. Furthermore, it demonstrates that laughter is simultaneously an avenue through which social issues are deferred or obfuscated, a way in which neoliberal or neoconservative rhetoric is challenged, and a means of forming alternative political ideologie ... More

Keywords: visual culture, humor, September 11, irony, laughter, television drama, graphic novels, news parodies, cartoons, comic strips

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617030062
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030062.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ted Gournelos, editor

Viveca Greene, editor

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