Linda Horvay Barnes (essay date 1978)
SOURCE: Barnes, Linda Horvay. “Literary Production and Reception of Black Humor Fiction and Kurt Vonnegut.” In The Dialectics of Black Humor: Process and Product. A Reorientation Toward Contemporary American and German Black Humor Fiction, pp. 93-100. Berne, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 1978.
[In the following essay, Barnes provides several definitions of black humor, placing it in social and historical context, with special emphasis on the work of Kurt Vonnegut.]
The product is labeled “Black Humor,” and below are examples of the term's usage:
None of these new writers has yet stamped a unique signature on the times. They are...
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