Amusements & Useful Devices from K. A. Wisniewski
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4188-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5427-3
About the Book:
Perhaps best known for his highly acclaimed, short-lived Comedy Central program Chappelle’s Show, Dave Chappelle is widely regarded as one of today’s most culturally significant comedians. Through the sketch comedy show and his stand-up act, Chappelle has offered truly memorable commentary on racial and ethnic tensions in American society. This book assembles 13 essays that examine motifs common in Chappelle’s comedy, including technology and digital culture; race, gender, and ethnicity; economics and politics; music, television, film, and performance; and memory, language, and identity.
“Introductory Tissue” and “Crowy Choragraphy: Poetic Pecks,” Textshop Experiments 1 (Summer 2016): n.pag. http://textshopexperiments.org.
“The Periodical Disruption: The Minor Methods of the Eighteenth-Century American Essay,” in Commanding Words: Essays on the Discursive Constructions, Manifestations, and Subversions of Authority, Ed. Lynda Chouiten (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2016), 161-179.
“Betwixt and Between: The Child in M. Night Shyamalan Films,” in Kidding Around: New Perspectives on the Child in Film and Media, Ed. Alexander N. Howe and Wynn Yarbrough (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), 11-31.
“It’s All about Meme: The Insatiable Ego of the Colbert Bump,” in The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News, Ed. Amarnath Amarasingam (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011), 164-180.
“Introduction” and “Legacy and Dave Chappelle,” in The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays, ed. K. A. Wisniewski (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009), 1-13, 184-193.
“Crossing the Line: Using Comedy to Discuss Culture in the Classroom,” in From Hip Hop to Hyperlinks: Practical Approaches for Teaching Culture in the Composition Classroom, ed. Joanna Paul (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2008), 112-135.
“Finding the Future Female: Science Fiction and Future Noir in Blade Runner,” Genre: Film, Ideology, and Culture 25 (2006): 223-238.
“The Whiskey Rebellion and Jay’s Treaty,” in American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook, Ed. Joseph Locke and Ben Wright (2015). http://www.americanyawp.com/.
“Kevin Costner,” in Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, Ed. Philip C. DiMare (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011), 612-614.
My book reviews have appeared in the following journals: The Maryland Historical Magazine, Civil War History, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Raintaxi: Review of Books, Journal of the Early Republic, Southern Historian, and The Small Press Review. Click here for a selected list of these reviews.