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“Satire” denotes not so much a certain literary form as a principle of aggressive critical portrayal that can manifest itself in literature, other arts (e.g. pictorial or graphic caricature), or forms of conduct in everyday communication. Even as a literary term, “satire” cannot be said to refer to any particular genre tradition, but rather to a way of writing that can arise in any relevant genre (prose satire in narrative texts, satirical comedy in drama, or satirical poetry) or text form (letters, t…

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Deupmann, Christoph, “Satire”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026955>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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