Satire, Humor and the Construction of Identities
Satire, Humor and the Construction of Identities conveys how satire can contribute to the construction of social subjects’ identities. It attempts to provide a theoretical ground for a novel understanding of the relationship between satire and identity by finding their common denominator, namely opposition, in order to explain the mechanism through which satire can form identities. After establishing the role of opposition in satire and identity construction through a detailed analysis of various theories, it will be argued that satire can contribute to the construction of racial, ethnic, national, religious, and gender identities. Several examples from British, Persian, ancient Roman literary traditions, and different epochs illustrate the theoretical discussions. The prevalence of satire and the challenges that identity has encountered in our contemporary world guarantee the significance of this study and its socio-political implications.
[Topics in Humor Research, 6] 2017. vii, 210 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins/auteur
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Otherness and identity construction
Chapter 3. Otherness, humor and satire
Chapter 4. Humor, satire and identity construction
Chapter 5. Construction of racial and ethnic identities via satire
Chapter 6. Construction of national identities via satire
Chapter 7. Construction of religious identities via satire
Chapter 8. Construction of gender identities via satire
Chapter 9. Conclusion
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