Introduction: popular culture and post 9-11 politics / Ted Gournelos and Viveca Greene -- First responders. Everything changes forever (temporarily): late-night television comedy after 9-11 / David Gurney -- "Where was King Kong when we needed him?": public discourse, digital disaster jokes, and the functions of laughter after 9-11 / Giselinde Kuipers -- The Arab is the new nigger: African American comics confront the irony & tragedy of 9-11 / Lanita Jacobs -- Humor, terror, and dissent: The onion after 9-11 / Jamie Warner -- Enter the "war on terror." Laughs, tears, and breakfast cereals: rethinking trauma and post 9-11 politics in Art Spiegelman's In the shadow of no towers / Ted Gournelos -- Republican decline and culture wars in 9-11 humor / David Holloway -- Critique, counternarratives, and ironic intervention in South Park and Stephen Colbert / Viveca Greene -- Humoring 9/11 skepticism / Michael Truscello -- Rethinking post-9/11 politics. Laughing doves: U.S. antiwar satire from Niagara to Fallujah / Aaron Winter -- Hummer rhymes with dumber: neoliberalism, irony, and the cartoons of Jeff Danziger / David Monje -- Laughing all the way to the bank: Enron, humor, and political economy / Gavin Benke -- What's so funny about a dead terrorist?: toward an ethics of humor for the digital age / Paul Lewis -- Coda: humor, pedagogy, and cultural studies / Arthur Asa Berger
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