Performativity of Satire as Activism

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association)
contact email: 

This special session at MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati, Ohio. November 9-12, 2017) seeks papers that focus on the performativity of satire as a form and means of activism for social justice, equality, and/or awareness of critical issues or problems. Papers exploring any performative elements of satire (humor, exaggeration, jokes, irony, ridicule, word play, etc.) in historical or contemporary texts in a range of literary or cultural genres are all welcome. Possible questions include but are not limited to the following: How does the performative quality of satire work together or intersect with the specific art form or genre (prose, poetry, drama/theatre, performance art, TV comedy show, comic strip, film, musical, etc.) in which it is conveyed? What specific results or changes does it aim to bring about? Who/what is the subject/agent of the satire and who/what is the butt of the satire?  Who is the intended or unintended target audience? How might we be able to gauge the efficacy of satire’s performativity in a given work?

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief biography to Kyounghye Kwon at by April 15, 2017.