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Terrence T. Tucker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054360

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054360.001.0001

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Fury in the “Promised Land”

Fury in the “Promised Land”

Comic Rage in George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum and Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle

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Terrence T. Tucker

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054360.003.0005

This chapter examines the development of comic rage after the civil rights movement. These works push back against the popular narrative of America’s colorblindness and that the 1980s initiated a period in which racism had ceased to exist. As part of a new artistic wave known as the New Black Aesthetic, these younger writers used their perspectives as the first post-integration generation to chronicle the new challenges facing African Americans. The unprecedented willingness to use humor as a central element in their work created a perfect site for comic rage to flourish and expand. The works that emerge focus on how cultural mulattoes—as many refer to the post-integration generation—attempt to achieve equality in a country attempting to assimilate them and erase the distinctiveness of their cultural traditions and identities.

Keywords:   New Black Aesthetic, post-integration generation, cultural mulattoes, colorblindness

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