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Post-Soul SatireBlack Identity after Civil Rights$
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Derek C. Maus and James J. Donahue

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039973

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.001.0001

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Dirty Pretty Things: The Racial Grotesque and Contemporary Art1

Dirty Pretty Things: The Racial Grotesque and Contemporary Art1

(p.68) Dirty Pretty Things: The Racial Grotesque and Contemporary Art1
Post-Soul Satire

Michael B. Gillespie

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the use of the “racial grotesque” as a satiric technique in several recent works in a variety of media, including sculpture and internet videos. This chapter argues that the “racial grotesque” is employed by artists to recontextualize material objects associated with the legacy of slavery. Ultimately, these material objects bear witness to and address the nation’s attempt to erase America’s complicated racial history

Keywords:   Racial grotesque, Sculpture, Internet, Slavery, History

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