Satire Humor and the Construction of Identities

Satire  Humor and the Construction of Identities

Satire, Humor and the Construction of Identities conveys how satire can contribute to the construction of social subjects’ identities.

Author: Massih Zekavat

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027265500

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 210

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Satire, Humor and the Construction of Identities conveys how satire can contribute to the construction of social subjects’ identities. It attempts to provide a theoretical ground for a novel understanding of the relationship between satire and identity by finding their common denominator, namely opposition, in order to explain the mechanism through which satire can form identities. After establishing the role of opposition in satire and identity construction through a detailed analysis of various theories, it will be argued that satire can contribute to the construction of racial, ethnic, national, religious, and gender identities. Several examples from British, Persian, ancient Roman literary traditions, and different epochs illustrate the theoretical discussions. The prevalence of satire and the challenges that identity has encountered in our contemporary world guarantee the significance of this study and its socio-political implications.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Humor Satire and Identity

Humor  Satire  and Identity

Despite the fact that he depicts the Saxon dialect as sounding " funny "both silly and odd — Mario's open , unwavering identification with it bolsters his Saxon identity . In his public speech , Mario believes he must display this ...

Author: Jill E. Twark

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110195992

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 471

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Explores the Eastern German literary trend of the 1990s employing humor and satire to come to terms with socialism's failure and a difficult unification process. This title surveys ten novels including, works by Brussig, Schulze, and Hensel. These contemporary texts help define Germany today from a specific, East German perspective.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Humor Satire and Identity

Humor  Satire  and Identity

Which specific modes of humor and satire do they employ to achieve their aesthetic and political goals? How do their texts contribute to the establishment of a distinct, Eastern German identity? The concept of "identity" can be defined ...

Author: Jill Twark

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110958140

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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This is the first book in English to survey the Eastern German literary trend of employing humor and satire to come to terms with experiences in the German Democratic Republic and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. As sophisticated attempts to make sense of socialism’s failure and a difficult unification process, these contemporary texts help define Germany today from a specific, Eastern German perspective. Grounded in politics and history, ten humorous and satirical novels are analyzed for their literary aesthetics and language, cultural critiques, and socio-political insights. The texts include popular novels such as Thomas Brussig’s Helden wie wir, Ingo Schulze’s Simple Storys, and Jens Sparschuh’s Der Zimmerspringbrunnen, as well as lesser-known but equally relevant works like Schlehweins Giraffe by Bernd Schirmer and Katerfrühstück by Erich Loest. A broad spectrum of humor and satire theories is applied to probe texts from various angles and suggest multi-layered answers to the question of how these literary modes function in postwall Germany to construct a specifically Eastern German identity. Interviews the author conducted with five of the satirists are appended as primary sources and contribute to the interpretation of the texts.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Medical Humanity and Inhumanity in the German Speaking World

Medical Humanity and Inhumanity in the German Speaking World

Twark, Humor, Satire, and Identity, 247. 32. On the connection with Grass, see Stephan, 'Laudatio Kerstin Hensel', 156. 33. On the link with Morgner, see Marven, 'The Trobadora's Legacy'. 34. Twark, Humor, Satire, and Identity, 198. 35.

Author: Mererid Puw Davies

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 9781787357716

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Medical Humanity and Inhumanity in the German-Speaking World is the first volume dedicated to exploring the interface of medicine, the human and the humane in the German-speaking lands. The volume tracks the designation and making through medicine of the human and inhuman, and the humane and inhumane, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Eight individual chapters undertake explorations into ways in which theories and practices of medicine in the German-speaking world have come to define the human, and highlight how such theories and practices have consolidated, or undermined, notions of humane behaviour. Cultural analysis is central to this investigation, foregrounding the reflection, refraction and indeed creation of these theories and practices in literature, life-writing and other discourses and media. Contributors bring to bear perspectives from literary studies, film studies, critical theory, cultural studies, history, and the history of medicine and psychiatry. Thus, this collection is historical in the most expansive sense, for it debates not only what historical accounts bring to our understanding of this topic. It encompasses too investigation of life-writing, documentary, and theory and literary works to bring to light elusive, paradoxical, underexplored – yet vital – issues in history and culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Social Psychology of Humor

The Social Psychology of Humor

Furthermore, the literature on satire did not examine the potential role of surprise and identity threat, which were found to play ... These include: (1) Under what circumstances are paradoxical thinking messages be perceived as funny?

Author: Madelijn Strick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000371178

Category: Humor

Page: 240

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This important new book provides a comprehensive analysis of humor from a social-psychological perspective, addressing questions about the use of humor and its effects in daily life. It examines the social psychology of humor on micro-level phenomena, such as attitudes, persuasion, and social perception, as well as exploring its use and effect on macro-level phenomena such as conformity, group processes, cohesion, and intergroup relations. Humor is inherently a social experience, shared among people, essential to nearly every type of interpersonal relationship. In this accessible volume, Strick and Ford review current research and new theoretical advancements to identify pressing open questions and propose new directions for future research in the social psychology of humor. The book explores fascinating topics such as humor in advertising, political satire, and the importance of a sense of humor in maintaining romantic relationships. It also examines how racist or sexist humor can affect personal and intergroup relations, and discusses how to confront inappropriate jokes. Offering new, precise, and operational conceptions of humor in social processes, this book will be essential reading for students and academics in social psychology, media, and communication studies.
Categories: Humor

The Multimodal Rhetoric of Humour in Saudi Media Cartoons

The Multimodal Rhetoric of Humour in Saudi Media Cartoons

Humor, satire, and identity: Eastern German literature in the 1990s. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter Mouton. → Tzankova, Veronika & Schiphorst Thecla. 2012. Constructing meaning: Verbalizing the unspeakable in Turkish political cartoons ...

Author: Wejdan Alsadi

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781501509841

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 186

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Cartoons, as a form of humour and entertainment, are a social product which are revealing of different social and political practices that prevail in a society, humourised and satirised by the cartoonist. This book advances research on cartoons and humour in the Saudi context. It contributes to the growing multimodal research on non-interactional humour in the media that benefits from traditional theories of verbal humour. The study analyses the interaction between visual and verbal modes, highlighting the multimodal manifestations of the rhetorical devices frequently employed to create humour in English-language cartoons collected from the Saudi media. The multimodal analysis shows that the frequent rhetorical devices such as allusions, parody, metaphor, metonymy, juxtaposition, and exaggeration take a form which is woven between the visual and verbal modes, and which makes the production of humorous and satirical effect more unique and interesting. The analysis of the cartoons across various thematic categories further offers a window into contemporary Saudi society.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Post Soul Satire

Post Soul Satire

From 30 Americans to Angry White Boy, from Bamboozled to The Boondocks, from Chappelle's Show to The Colored Museum, this collection of twenty-one essays takes an interdisciplinary look at the flowering of satire and its influence in ...

Author: Derek C. Maus

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617039980

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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From 30 Americans to Angry White Boy, from Bamboozled to The Boondocks, from Chappelle’s Show to The Colored Museum, this collection of twenty-one essays takes an interdisciplinary look at the flowering of satire and its influence in defining new roles in black identity. As a mode of expression for a generation of writers, comedians, cartoonists, musicians, filmmakers, and visual/conceptual artists, satire enables collective questioning of many of the fundamental presumptions about black identity in the wake of the civil rights movement. Whether taking place in popular and controversial television shows, in a provocative series of short internet films, in prize-winning novels and plays, in comic strips, or in conceptual hip-hop albums, this satirical impulse has found a receptive audience both within and outside the black community. Such works have been variously called “post-black,” “post-soul,” and examples of a “New Black Aesthetic.” Whatever the label, this collection bears witness to a noteworthy shift regarding the ways in which African American satirists feel constrained by conventional obligations when treating issues of racial identity, historical memory, and material representation of blackness. Among the artists examined in this collection are Paul Beatty, Dave Chappelle, Trey Ellis, Percival Everett, Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino), Spike Lee, Aaron McGruder, Lynn Nottage, ZZ Packer, Suzan Lori-Parks, Mickalene Thomas, Touré, Kara Walker, and George C. Wolfe. The essays intentionally seek out interconnections among various forms of artistic expression. Contributors look at the ways in which contemporary African American satire engages in a broad ranging critique that exposes fraudulent, outdated, absurd, or otherwise damaging mindsets and behaviors both within and outside the African American community.
Categories: Social Science

African American Humor Irony and Satire

African American Humor  Irony and Satire

While the narrative seems lighthearted and funny, the artist's method of rendering his figures seems problematic from ... imagery to provoke humor, and, if so, could stereotyped racial identities be rendered as humorous without causing ...

Author: Dana A. Williams

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443806565

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 170

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African American Humor, Irony, and Satire: Ishmael Reed, Satirically Speaking includes select proceedings from the annual Heart’s Day Conference, sponsored by the Department of English at Howard University. Among the collection’s many strengths is the range of essays included here. Essays on Ishmael Reed center the collection, and satirists from George Schuyler to Aaron McGruder are examined as are popular culture comedians Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. Thus, the collection adds broadly to the body of scholarship on traditional and non-traditional interpretations of humor, irony, and satire. What these essays also reveal is how the lens of humor, irony, and satire as a way of reading texts is especially useful in highlighting the complexity of African American life and culture. The essays also uncover crucial but no so obvious connections between African Americans and other world cultures.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Language Identity and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media

Language  Identity  and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media

She attributes the failure of the campaign to the use of suḫriye ('humor', 'satire') as an ineffective subversive strategy. Interestingly, as shown in the previous chapters, humor was a prominent discursive strategy in Syrian ...

Author: Francesco L. Sinatora

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429812330

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 200

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Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media is an empirical contemporary Arabic sociolinguistic investigation informed by theories and notions developed in the fields of Arabic linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and linguistic anthropology. Building on the Bakhtinian concept of linguistic hybridity, this book conducts a longitudinal analysis of Syrian dissidents’ social media practices between 2009 and 2017. It shows how dissidents have used social media to emerge in the discourse about the Syrian conflict and how language has been used symbolically as a tool of social and political engagement in an increasingly complex sociopolitical context. This monograph is ideal for students, sociolinguists and researchers interested in Arabic language and identity.
Categories: Foreign Language Study