Chapter 21. Humor in African American Literature

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Glenda R. Carpio Professor

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch21

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Carpio, G. R. (2010) Humor in African American Literature, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch21

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. Harvard University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474



  • humor in African American literature;
  • humor - central to African American expressive forms;
  • contemporary African American writers - Ishmael Reed, Charles Johnson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Colson Whitehead, and Paul Beatty;
  • lampooning the hypocrisy of slaveholders - constant in antebellum African American literature;
  • Civil Rights and Black Power eras - producing more studies and edited collections of African American humor than humorous fiction;
  • The White Boy Shuffle - focusing on contemporary issues


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Notes

  • Bibliography