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A Definition of Satire (And Why a Definition Matters)

Declercq, Dieter (2018) A Definition of Satire (And Why a Definition Matters). The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 76 (3). pp. 319-330. ISSN 0021-8529. (doi:10.1111/jaac.12563) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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There is a consensus that satire cannot be defined, but is best characterised by a cluster account. However, I argue that a cluster account does not acknowledge the artistically and politically significant distinction between real satire and some forms of frivolous topical comedy which are casually labelled ‘satire’ in international media contexts. To uphold this distinction, I introduce a weak proposal that satire is a genre which necessarily sets out to critique and entertain (with the qualification that these purposes necessarily interact, although neither is wholly instrumental to the other). I further argue that this proposal also provides necessary and sufficient conditions for a definition of satire.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jaac.12563
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: D. Declercq
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 13:50 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 21:06 UTC
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