Worlds as Satire

Authored by: George Carstocea

The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138638914
eBook ISBN: 9781315637525
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315637525.ch33

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Abstract

The breadth of the satirical imagination in the contemporary mediascape defies static definitions and taxonomies. Although satire has been categorized as a genre over the course of centuries of literary theory, most contemporary accounts of satire argue that it functions across genres, inflecting many different forms of discourse and artistic practice. In his complex “re-introduction” of satire, Dustin Griffin therefore calls it a “mode” or “procedure” (Griffin, 1994: 4), exploring its affinities with the functions and modalities of polemical rhetoric. Charles Knight similarly writes not just of satire, but of a “satiric frame of mind,” combining two elements: “ironic perspective on [a] historical subject and parodic borrowing of a literary form” (Knight, 2004: 8 et passim).

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