Satire, Humor and the Construction of Identities
Massih Zekavat | Yazd University
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
Acknowledgements | p. vii
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–11
Chapter 2. Otherness and identity construction | pp. 13–27
Chapter 3. Otherness, humor and satire | pp. 29–50
Chapter 4. Humor, satire and identity construction | pp. 51–59
Chapter 5. Construction of racial and ethnic identities via satire | pp. 61–96
Chapter 6. Construction of national identities via satire | pp. 97–122
Chapter 7. Construction of religious identities via satire | pp. 123–145
Chapter 8. Construction of gender identities via satire | pp. 147–183
Chapter 9. Conclusion | pp. 185–191
Bibliography | pp. 193–206
“On the whole, Zekavat’s work is a major contribution to the fields of humour studies and satire. It is deeply researched, theoretically informed, and for the most part, logically and persuasively argued. It is recommended for all scholars of humour and related literatures.”
Heather Vincent, Eckerd College, in European Journal of Humour Research 7 (1) 2019
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics