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Comedy Fantasy and Colonialism - Graeme Harper

Comedy Fantasy and Colonialism

By: Graeme Harper (Editor)

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Published: 4th July 2002
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Comedy, Fantasy and Colonialism provides a unique insight into the ways in which comedy and fantasy operate in colonial societies. For both the colonized and the colonizers, comic and fantastic modes of story-telling, cultural exchange and social activity are shown to form an essential part of dealing iwht national and personal identity, independence, imperial power and social order. Drawing together for the first time original work from international specialists, this book assesses the role and character of comedy and fantasy in colonial societies from India to Ireland, Australia to Cuba, Africa to North America, with cross-cultural comparisons and consideration of both imperial responses and colonised resistance. The book deals with oral and written traditions, the history of comic and fantastic discourse, visual, theatrical and literary representations, as well as historical and cultural accounts. Comedy, Fantasy and Colonialism answers such questions as 'What are the differing traditions of comic discourse in Western and non-Western societies?' 'How are comedy and fantasy culture-specific?' 'In what ways do local traditions of comedy and fantasy adapt to imperial invasion?' 'How have colonisers used comedy to deal with unfamiliar and sometimes hostile conditions?' and 'What is the relationship between the fantastic, the parodic and the satirical in the creation of a sense of national character?' Graeme Harper is Director of the Centre for the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Wales, Bangor, and research leader for a number of international programmes on national and cultural identity.

What we are presented with here is a collection of essays that address various literary texts which might be understood, in some way or another, to fall under the banner of (post-) colonial writing. The thirteen essays presented here do, each in their own way, offer insights Each taken on their own, they are of interest and do raise important questions for the study of literature and its reception. That said, as a work of reference, to dip in and out of, depending on one s interest, there is a great deal of value on offer here. Calum Neill, Janus Head 7.1, 2004

List of illustrationsp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Displacement, dualism and belief: exploring colonial comedy and fantasyp. 9
Ukcombekcantsini and the fantastic: Zulu narratives and colonial culturep. 23
The game is up: British women's comic novels of the end of Empirep. 39
James Morier and the oriental picaresquep. 58
Cubans on the moon, and other imagined communitiesp. 73
Fairies on the veld: foreign and indigenous elements in South African children's storiesp. 89
Magic realism: humour across culturesp. 104
Mr Punch's crinoline anxiety: the Indian Rebellion and the rhetoric of dressp. 117
Cape-to-Cairo: Africa in Masonic fantasyp. 140
Laughing matters: the comic timing of Irish jokingp. 158
Two hundred years of colonial laughter in Malta: Carnival and Pantomime in Malta under British rulep. 175
Trickster-outlaws and the comedy of survivalp. 189
Capturing the antipodes: an imaginary voyage to Terra Australisp. 205
Conclusionp. 218
Selected bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780826449191
ISBN-10: 0826449190
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th July 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1