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date: 23 October 2020


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Albert BermelAlbert Bermel

One of the two most common forms of mockery, the other being parody. Satire is literary, parody an enactment. But the line of separation wavers and at times disappears. Both boast a range of weapons: irony or saying more or less the opposite of what is meant (‘He's a real genius!’), sarcasm or saying something in an uncomplimentary or hurtful way (‘What idiot told you that?’), understatement, hyperbole, and assorted other figures of speech. All may be aimed at individuals, groups, institutions, or abstractions like trendiness (fashionable practices, rumour-mongering, slang of the day). Neither is quite a ... ...

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