Satire's Double-Edged Irony MLA, Seattle, 5-8 January 2012

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American Humor Studies Association
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Seeking papers that explore the often ambiguous nature of satire's object, the lines that blur between satire and celebration, and the difficulty of predicting or controlling audience response.

Recent studies, such as "The Irony of Satire," suggest that perception of satire's object often rests in the reader's or viewer's own biases. This panel is interested in exploring the implications of this ambiguity in the production, deployment, and teaching of satire. How does this affect satire's admittedly subversive purpose? Is this satire's power, its limitation, or both?

250-word abstract by 15 March 2011

Sharon D. McCoy

Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Seattle, 5-8 January 2012