AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

Satire: From Ancient To Modern Period

by Tina Møller

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Satire
Record ID: 1119475
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/19279


This paper will investigate and try to comprehend a part of our daily life, something that we use and see every day around us, which is satire. In order to understand the definition of satire, how satire is constructed and the cultural and historical connection from the satirical text to its point of origin, the theories from Robert C. Elliot, George A. Test, Ruben Quintero, Paul Simpson and Mary Fulbrook will offer a framework for this paper. The theories from Simpson and Fulbrook will provide the main methods in an analysis of three select satirical cases each from different time periods. The first case is Aristophanes’ The Clouds from approximately 423 BC, the second case is Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal from 1729 and the last case is Small Gods from Terry Pratchett written in 1993. By analysing these three different cases this paper will explore if the satire in the three texts has evolved from the Classical Age to the modern.