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“Black and White and Read All Over”: Representing Race in Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery

Tim Caron

in Comics and the U.S. South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030185
eISBN:
9781621032212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

A crucial paradox of racial categories can be identified in Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery, a comic book written by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece which shows that the color line is both unreal and ... More


Post-Black Satire

Yogita Goyal

in Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781479829590
eISBN:
9781479819676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829590.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter collides the idiom of post-blackness with the dominant genre of the neo-slave narrative in contemporary African American literature. This distinct body of work—post-black neo-slave ... More


Coal, Charcoal, and Chocolate Comedy: The Satire of John Killens and Mat Johnson

Keenan Norris

in Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781617039973
eISBN:
9781626740280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter compares two depictions of Harlem, John Killen’s The Cotillion and Mat Johnson’s Hunting in Harlem. The latter novel criticizes the Afrocentric Ideology embraced by the former. Although ... More


Black Folk, Brownstones: Mat Johnson’s Hunting in Harlem

William Gleason

in Race and Real Estate

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199977260
eISBN:
9780190255251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977260.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

In Mat Johnson’s dark satire Hunting in Harlem (2003), black real estate entrepreneurs defend New York’s iconic African-American neighborhood against the impending doom of white gentrification not ... More


Seeing Race in Comics: Passing, Witness, and the Spectacle of Racial Violence in Johnson and Pleece’s Incognegro

Jennifer Glaser

in Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter discusses the power of the medium of comics to shed light on discussions of race, racism, and the act of passing. Glaser moves from a close reading of Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s ... More


Epilogue: Feeling Black Post-Black

Margo Natalie Crawford

in Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First-Century Aesthetics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780252041006
eISBN:
9780252099557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252041006.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This epilogue argues that feeling black post-black leads Black Arts Movement and 21st century artists to rethink how people live and create home in liminality. Crawford compares the images of home in ... More


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