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Description - The Function of Humour in Roman Verse Satire by Maria Plaza

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 the Roman 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199237937
ISBN-10: 019923793X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Pages: 380
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maria Plaza

Maria Plaza is a Junior Research Fellow at Gothenburg University.

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