The essays in this volume examine a wide variety of satiric and parodistic practices in texts ranging from classical antiquity to the contemporary. The analyses and interpretations explore the theoretical problems involved in the modes of the comic - satire, parody, irony and the grotesque. The particular strength of this collection lies in the methodological and theoretical perspectives it opens up on the complex phenomenon of the comic in the arts.
Contents: The satirist satirised - Satire and virtue - Satire and nihilism - Television satire - Satire, parody and identity
- Parody and sadism - Parody and postmodernism - Entropic parody - Humour and national identity. Authors treated include:
Marx, Bergson, Bakhtin, Juvenal, de Sade, Goethe, Joyce, Beckett, Stoppard.