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

Paperback | February 21, 2008

byMaria Plaza

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Maria Plaza sets out to analyse the function of humour 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 humour, and to promote a serious moral message. She argues that, while theRoman satirist needs humour for his work's aesthetic merit, his proposed message suffers from the ambivalence that humour 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.

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Maria Plaza sets out to analyse the function of humour 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 humour, and to promote a serious moral message. She argues that, while theRoman satirist needs humour for his work's ae...

Maria Plaza is a Junior Research Fellow at Gothenburg University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.86 inPublished:February 21, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019923793X

ISBN - 13:9780199237937

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Object-oriented humour2. Humour directed at the persona3. Non-aligned humour4. Epilogue: The genre devours itself