Comedy, Fantasy and Colonialism

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Graeme Harper
A&C Black, Aug 1, 2002 - History - 224 pages
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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. There are cross-cultural comparisons and consideration of both imperial responses and colonized resistance. The book deals with oral as well as written traditions, the history of comic and fantastic discourse, visual, theatrical and literary representations as well as historical and cultural accounts.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Displacement dualism and belief exploring colonial comedy and fantasy
9
Ukcombekcantsini and the fantastic Zulu narratives and colonial culture
23
The game is up British womens comic novels of the end of Empire
39
James Morier and the oriental picaresque
58
Cubans on the moon and other imagined communities
73
Fairies on the veld foreign and indigenous elements in South African childrens stories
89
Magic realism humour across cultures
104
CapetoCairo Africa in Masonic fantasy
140
Laughing matters the comic timing of Irish joking
158
Two hundred years of colonial laughter in Malta Carnival and Pantomime in Malta under British rule
175
Tricksteroutlaws and the comedy of survival
189
Capturing the antipodes an imaginary voyage to Terra Australis
205
Conclusion
218
Selected bibliography
221
Index
233

Mr Punchs crinoline anxiety the Indian Rebellion and the rhetoric of dress
117

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Graeme Harper is Dean of The Honors College at Oakland University, Michigan, USA. He has authored over 20 books, including works of fiction and nonfiction, and over 140 articles and chapters. His numerous awards include the Australian National Book Council Award (for New Fiction) and the Premier's Award, among others, and scholarships and fellowships from the ORS, The British Academy, AHRC, BBC, Emory University, the University of Texas Medical Branch and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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