"A Good Story": On Black Abjection in Improv Comedy
Keywords:Improv, Blackness, abjection, White, Whiteness, Black, Modernity, Critique, improvisation, theater, The Second City, Performance
AbstractThis paper discusses Black absence in Improv Comedy as a symptom for the racial exclusion inherent in Humanism. Critiquing Enlightenment thought as the epistemological basis for Improv's liberatory and democratic ideals, I engage in deconstructive play with one of the era's central literary motifs, the Doppelgänger“. I analyze Improv as a particular symptom of White aesthetic, cultural, and political hegemony.
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