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Friday, September 3, 2021

Black humor – Literary Terms

Literary Terms - Black humor, What is Black humor?  

What is Black humor? 

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Black humor:

Humorous effects resulting largely from GROTESQUE, morbid, or macabre situations dealing with a horrifying and disoriented world. Characteristic chiefly of modern DRAMA and FICTION, such as the works of Eugène Ionesco (The Lesson), Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita), Joseph Heller (Catch-22), and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Slaughterhouse-Five), black humor aims to shock and disorient readers, making them laugh in the face of anxiety, suffering, or death. Sometimes also called black comedy, it is an important element in plays of the THEATER OF THE ABSURD. The controversial comedian Lenny Bruce brought black humor to the nightclub circuit, and Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove) took it to the movies.

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