|Author||Dana A. Williams|
"African American Humor, Irony, and Satire: Ishmael Reed, Satirically Speaking" includes select proceedings from the annual Heart's Day Conference, sponsored by the Department of English at Howard University. Among the collection's many strengths is the range of essays included here. Essays on Ishmael Reed center the collection, and satirists from George Schuyler to Aaron McGruder are examined as are popular culture comedians Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. Thus, the collection adds broadly to the body of scholarship on traditional and non-traditional interpretations of humor, irony, and satire. What these essays also reveal is how the lens of humor, irony, and satire as a way of reading texts is especially useful in highlighting the complexity of African American life and culture. The essays also uncover crucial but no so obvious connections between African Americans and other world cultures.