Satire and definition

Condren, Conal (2012) Satire and definition. Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, 25 4: 375-399. doi:10.1515/humor-2012-0019

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Author Condren, Conal
Title Satire and definition
Journal name Humor - International Journal of Humor Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0933-1719
1613-3722
Publication date 2012-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/humor-2012-0019
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 25
Issue 4
Start page 375
End page 399
Total pages 25
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper explores some of the difficulties involved in defining satire. Neither the formal characteristics of satire nor its informing purposes, including its variable associations with humour and the provocation of amusement allow for a unifying definition over the long term. It considers a range of approaches to and types of definition and takes as a principle example the notion of Menippean satire. It argues that a characterisation in terms of family resemblance is more helpful for a strictly historical understanding than formal definitions and that it is misleading to take satire as a genre, let along a literary one. Throughout it also suggests that the case of satire tells us something about definition and the often naive expectations of what definitions can establish.
Keyword Definition
Dictionaries
Genre
History
Humor
Menippean
Morality
Parody
Satire
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