New Caribbean Studies

Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canon

Authors: Vásquez, S.

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About this book

Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canon intimately examines Caribbean writers who engage canonical Western texts and forms, while using humor to challenge Western representations of people of African descent.

About the authors

Sam Vásquez is an assistant professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Reviews

"Recommended." - Choice

"Humor remains classed, gendered, and very serious business in Caribbean literary spheres, perhaps because of the acute self-consciousness of the region's middle class about being perceived as respectable and/or modern. Vasquez' study crosses canonical and generic borders in unexpected ways - a novel by Hurston, the poetry of Bennett and McKay, the plays of Walcott and Césaire, in the same conversation. This offers us unexpected and refreshing juxtapositions, and prompts new questions and perspectives." - Faith Smith, Brandeis University

"An extraordinarily insightful book on the delightful topic of Caribbean literary humor. Vasquez makes us think hard about the transformative power of laughter." - Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, University of Michigan, author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Take Bad Something Make Laugh: The Emergence of Humor in the Caribbean Literary Tradition

    Vásquez, Sam

    Pages 1-24

  • Stiff Words Frighten Poor Folk: Humor, Orality, and Gender in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain

    Vásquez, Sam

    Pages 25-53

  • Slackness and a Mento Aesthetic: Louise Bennett’s Trickster Poetics and Jamaican Women’s Explorations of Sexuality

    Vásquez, Sam

    Pages 55-89

  • The Laughing Corpse: Humorous Performances of Spirituality, Sexuality, and Identity in Aimé Césaire’s A Tempest

    Vásquez, Sam

    Pages 91-115

  • Man Friday Speaks: Calypso Humor and the Reworking of Hierarchy in Derek Walcott’s Pantomime

    Vásquez, Sam

    Pages 117-150

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eBook £47.99
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Hardcover £64.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-01028-5
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Softcover £61.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-43632-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canon
Authors
Series Title
New Caribbean Studies
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Sam Vásquez
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-03138-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137031389
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-01028-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43632-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 212
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