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The Function of Humour in Roman Verse Satire: Laughing and Lying
     

The Function of Humour in Roman Verse Satire: Laughing and Lying

by Maria Plaza
 

ISBN-10: 0199281114

ISBN-13: 9780199281114

Pub. Date: 03/30/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Maria Plaza sets out to analyze the function of humor in the Roman satirists Horace, Persius, and Juvenal. Her starting point is that satire is driven by two motives, which are to a certain extent opposed: to display humor, and to promote a serious moral message. She argues that, while the Roman satirist needs humor for his work's aesthetic merit, his proposed

Overview

Maria Plaza sets out to analyze the function of humor in the Roman satirists Horace, Persius, and Juvenal. Her starting point is that satire is driven by two motives, which are to a certain extent opposed: to display humor, and to promote a serious moral message. She argues that, while the Roman satirist needs humor for his work's aesthetic merit, his proposed message suffers from the ambivalence that humor brings with it. Her analysis shows that this paradox is not only socio-ideological but also aesthetic, forming the ground for the curious, hybrid nature of Roman satire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199281114
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2006
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Object-oriented humour
2. Humour directed at the persona
3. Non-aligned humour
4.
Epilogue: The genre devours itself

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