Dark humor

As the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks approaches, a new book—A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America—illustrates through a series of essays how humor transformed 9/11 politics and how 9/11 transformed humor. Among contributors—scholars from four countries—is Boston College Professor of English Paul Lewis, who wrote “What’s So Funny about a Dead Terrorist? Toward an Ethics of Humor for the Digital Age.” A Decade of Dark Humor analyzes the ways in which popular and visual culture used humor to confront the attacks and the aftermath. Lewis the author of the book Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict, and his academic specializations include American humor since 1980.
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