A decade of dark humor : how comedy, irony, and satire shaped post-9/11 America

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  • Creator edited by Ted Gournelos and Viveca Greene
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2011] ©2011
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xxxv, 253 pages) : illustrations
  • ISBNs 1617030074, 9781617030079, 1617030066, 9781617030062
  • OCLC ocn758384936


  • This volume analyses ways in which popular and visual culture used humour -in a variety of forms - to confront the attacks of September 11, 2001 and, more specifically, the aftermath. It brings together scholars from four countries to discuss the impact of humour and irony on both media discourse and tangible political reality. Furthermore, it demonstrates that laughter is simultaneously an avenue through which social issues are deferred or obfuscated, a way in which neo-liberal or neo-conservative rhetoric is challenged, and a means of forming alternative political ideologies.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • 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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