Contemporary Black Humor Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Charney, Maurice. “Stanley Elkin and Jewish Black Humor.” In Jewish Wry: Essays on Jewish Humor, edited by Sarah Blacher Cohen, pp. 178-95. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Discusses the work of Stanley Elkin as a Jewish writer as well as a black humorist.

Colletta, Lisa. “The Dark Domestic Vision of Ivy Compton-Burnett: A House and Its Head.” In Dark Humor and Social Satire in the Modern British Novel, pp. 59-80. New York, N.Y.: Palgrave, 2003.

Reviews the work of Ivy Compton-Burnett in the modern British satiric tradition, focusing specifically on A House and Its Head.

Greiner, Donald J. “Djuna Barnes' Nightwood and the American Origins of Black Humor.” Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction (1975): 41-54.

Places the development of black humor in the American literary tradition, citing Djuna Barnes' Nightwood and Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts as two early examples of this style of fiction.

Gurewitch, Morton. “The Darkness of Ironic Comedy.” In The Ironic Temper and the Gothic Imagination, pp. 180-213. Detroit, Mich: Wayne State University Press, 1994.

Overview of ironic, satiric literature of the early twentieth century.

Keough, William. “Round Nine: The Black Humor of the Red, White, and Blue.” In Punchlines: The Violence of American Humor, pp. 204-24. New York, N.Y.: Paragon House, 1990.

Traces satire in American literature and culture, including cartoons, comedy, politics, and fiction.

Olsen, Lance. “Garden of Forking Paths.” In Circus of the Mind in Motion: Postmodernism and the Comic Vision, pp. 73-87. Detroit, Mich: Wayne State University Press, 1990.

A postmodern reading of Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow.

Pugh, Thomas. “Why Is Everybody Laughing? Roth, Coover, and Meta-Comic Narrative.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 35, no. 2 (winter 1994): 67-80.

Explores the ideology of comic form in American fiction, using texts by Philip Roth and Robert Coover as examples.

Seed, David. “Absurdist Visions: Dr. Strangelove in Context.” In American Science Fiction and the Cold War: Literature and Film, pp. 145-56. Chicago, Ill.: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

Provides an overview of several absurdist and satiric texts written during the years of the world wars, reflecting on the use of politics in these texts.