Satire as a genre
Many scholars have claimed that satire is a genre. At the same time, however, it is also widely acknowledged that satire has changed over the centuries, that it has taken various forms and that it still appears in a variety of other genres. Far from being a drawback in identifying satire as a genre, I will claim that variability is a natural property of genres if the latter are conceived of as dynamic cognitive categories that emerge out of a complex interplay of heterogeneous factors which cluster differently under the effect of different contextual and cotextual attractors. I will assume that, in satire, these factors include a range of linguistic and rhetorical devices which interact in different ways to dynamically bring about specifically intended effects. I will further claim that understanding satire is a context-sensitive complex process which implies setting up and maintaining multiple mental representations, and drawing pragmatic inferences.
- 1.The complexities of satire
- 2.The complexities of genre
- 2.1Genres and text types: The text linguistics approach
- 2.2Genres and pragmatic competence
- 2.3Genres as cognitive constructs
- 3.The big family of satire
- 3.1Keeping satire distinct from parody
- 4.Genres as emergent patterns
- 4.1Languages as complex systems
- 4.2Satirical news or news satire?
- 4.2.1“Poverty-stricken Africans receive desperately needed bibles”