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The Laughter of the Oppressed


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Chapter 1: Laughter 'from below'; Chapter 2: Authoritative Voices Speak: Philosophers and Theologians Weigh-In on Laughter; Chapter 3: 'God's Mistake:' Laughter in Elie Wiesel's Gates of the Forest; Chapter 4: Believing Apostates: Laughter in Shusaku Endo's Silence; Chapter 5: Flowers in the Dark: African American Consciousness, Laughter, and Resistance in Toni Morrison's Beloved; Chapter 6: Toward a Theology of Laughter.

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Jacqueline A. Bussie is Assistant Professor of Religion at Capital University.


"Jacqueline Bussie reads familiar texts with a keen theological eye and provides fresh and innovative insights into these literary classics. With exquisite literary sensibility and bold theological imagination she helps her readers to understand how genuine laughter emerges from the depths of suffering. This is theological writing of the highest order - intelligent, faithful, and deeply moving." -Ronald F. Thiemann, Bussey Professor of Theology, Harvard Divinity School--Sanford Lakoff

"This text is an important theological interpretation of the meaning of laughter for the oppressed. I strongly recommend it." James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology Union Theological Seminary New York, N.Y.--Sanford Lakoff

"Bussie listens deeply to the voices of people traditionally marginalized to discover how they have given expression to the paradox of 'colliding narratives' and responded creatively to tragic suffering...The Laughter of the indispensable for those concerned with theodicy and the problem of suffering, the theology of the cross, liberation theologies, and the use of fiction as a theological resource."
-Karen Teel, Catholic Books Review

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