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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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From Absence to Flight

From Absence to Flight

The Appearance of Comic Rage in the Black Arts and Black Power Movements, 1966–1976

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Furiously Funny

Terrence T. Tucker

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores radicalization of comic rage in Douglas Turner Ward’s Day of Absence and Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada. Emerging in the middle of the transition from the integrationist period of the civil rights movement to the nationalism of the Black Power movement, both works openly challenge fundamental concepts about race. In addition to targeting fundamental assumptions of Western superiority, these works also question simplistic counter-representations that African Americans present to combat racist stereotypes. Using forms increasingly important in African American literature, like drama and neo-slave narratives, these works enact comic rage as way to depict unique and powerful forms of resistance.

Keywords:   Douglas Turner Ward, Day of Absence, Ishmael Reed, Flight to Canada, Black Power movement, neo-slave narrative

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