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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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Dissimulating Blackness: The Degenerative Satires of Paul Beatty and Percival Everett

Dissimulating Blackness: The Degenerative Satires of Paul Beatty and Percival Everett

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(p.150) Dissimulating Blackness: The Degenerative Satires of Paul Beatty and Percival Everett
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Post-Soul Satire
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Christian Schmidt

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.003.0011

This chapter provides a reading of three novels – Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle and Slumberland and Percival Everett’s A History of the African American People [Proposed] by Strom Thurmond as Told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid – that engage in degenerative satire, which complicates the mimetic representation of satiric texts. This chapter argues that these novels satirize not only clichéd tropes of blackness but also the presumption that blackness can or should be represented. Ultimately, this chapter shows how these novels destabilize the very notion of blackness.

Keywords:   Blackness, Paul Beatty, Percival Everett, Degenerative satire, Mimesis

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