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1st Edition

Sexual Humour in Africa
Gender, Jokes and Societal Change

Edited By

Ignatius Chukwumah

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ISBN 9780367776244
March 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the types, discourse modes, and effects of sex jokes in different African contexts, in a range of different cultural forms, from the internet, to music, books, films, advertising, and images; thus filling the existing void in literature on the subject.

Arguing that sex jokes are used to perform a number of functions in African society, the contributors show how they can be used to perpetuate violence against women, construct spaces, resist oppression, create conformity, build affiliations and subvert morality. They consider jokes from Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia in a range of forms including queer sex jokes, rape jokes, performed sex jokes, gendered humour, and resistance sex humour. The book places particular emphasis on the impact of new media platforms and the anonymity they provide.

Providing an important analysis of this tabooed but culturally important facet of everyday life, this book will be of interest to scholars of African Culture and Society from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, gender studies, literary studies and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: Sex Joke: Typology, Modes and Mores Chapter 1: Egyptian sex jokes – Perspectives, Classification and Analysis, Sebastian Gadomski PhD Chapter 2: Sex Jokes: Purveyors of Sex Mores and Power Matrices, Rick Chesi Lumasia Chapter 3: The Theatre of Jokers: An Investigation of the Joking Relationship Between the Tonga and Lozi of Zambia, Cheela Chilala and Humphrey M. Kapau PART II: African Language, Folk Music and Rhetorical Strategies Chapter 4: Pudendic Cult and Public Discourse: Pornogrammar as a Rhetorical Strategy in Ghana’s Public Spaces, J.B. Amissah-Arthur Chapter 5: The Dynamics of Reality in Coital Imagery: Reflections on Bukusu Embalu and Select East African Popular Music, Fred Wanjala Simiyu and Felix Ayioka Orina PART III: Sex Joke and the Written Word Chapter 6: Validating the Subversive: A (Re)reading of Sex Images in Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Malaya, Barasa Remmy Shiundu Chapter 7: Through the Lens of Gender: Sex Jokes in Selected Contemporary East African Popular Fiction, Vincent Odhiambo Oduor PART IV: (Cis)Gender, Ideology, and Discourse Chapter 8: ‘I beg to differ:’ Queer Notes on Kenyan Editorial Cartoons, Eddie Ombagi Chapter 9: Sex Jokes and Ideology: A Sociopragmatic Inquiry of the Place of Humour in Gender Performance and Practices, Benedicta Adokarley Lomotey and Grace Diabah Chapter 10: Reinforcing Gendered Scripts: Sexuality and Double Performance in Helen Paul’s Jokes, Ignatius Chukwumah PART V: Bodies and Representations Chapter 11: "Ooin, Freaky Freaky You are Doing well: a Discourse Analysis of Women’s Body Representation in Naija Skits, Ibukun Filani & Adeoti Oluwatomi Chapter 12: The Humour of Erotica: Representations of Women in Ghanaian Social Media, Hannah Woode Amissah-Arthur PART VI: Resistance and Responses Chapter 13: Bizarre Masculinity: Female Response to Rape Jokes on Social Media in Nigeria, Martin Okwoli Ogba Chapter 14: "Good for the Goose, Better for the Gander": Female Sex Jokes Responses as Resistance to Cultural Convention in Selected Social Media Chats, Sandra Nnabuife Nwagboso and Adachukwu Amalachukwu Okafor

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Ignatius Chukwumah is Professor of African Literature and Popular Culture at Federal University, Wukari, Nigeria.