Laughing in the Dark: Weird Survivance in the Works of Bunky Echo-Hawk and Daniel McCoy Jr.

  • Kristina Baudemann Europa-Universität Flensburg
Keywords: Survivance, New Weird, Humor, Trickster

Abstract

“Laughing in the Dark” is a bold leap in the research on the Vizenorian paradigm of survivance. Considering the surreal, strange, outraging and simply weird elements in the artwork of Bunky Echo-Hawk and Daniel McCoy Jr. this article introduces weird survivance to encourage readers to remember that survivance is not exclusively produced by positive and pleasing images. On the contrary, it can also be effected through dark humor – a kind of dark laughter that is spurred by confrontation with the weirdness of our reality, that comes from a place of sadness, frustration or even disgust, and that spurs renewal and resistance. Rather than an attack on the word survivance that holds such a prominent position in Indigenous literary studies, “Laughing in the Dark” begs for nuance, and for the continued playful exploration of critical categories in the spirit of transmotion.

Author Biography

Kristina Baudemann, Europa-Universität Flensburg
Kristina Baudemann is an instructor and PhD student at the University of Flensburg in Germany. She is currently writing her dissertation entitled "Signifying Futures: Representation and the Future Imaginary in Indigenous North American Literatures and New Media."
Published
2019-12-05
How to Cite
Baudemann, K. (2019). Laughing in the Dark: Weird Survivance in the Works of Bunky Echo-Hawk and Daniel McCoy Jr. Transmotion, 5(2), 45-62. Retrieved from https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/transmotion/article/view/548
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Articles