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What is satire?

Declercq, Dieter (2018) What is satire? . Blog.

Abstract

Satire is infamously varied. The origins of the label date back to Roman times, as a classification for disgruntled verses by poets like Horace and Juvenal. Yet, although the Roman orator Quintilian tried to claim satire as “wholly ours” (satura tota nostra est), satire is clearly not limited to ancient Rome. Just think of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner” (performed at Woodstock), Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Pussy Riot, Guerrilla Girls, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, Jordan Peel’s Get Out, Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger, Daliso Chaponda’s stand-up comedy…

Item Type: Internet publication
Uncontrolled keywords: Satire
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: D. Declercq
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 10:59 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 10:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75358 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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