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Satire, scholarly
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Criticism and satire have accompanied the scholar and scholarly work since classical antiquity, when the Greek sophists for the first time in Europe created the conditions for professional intellectual work by teaching for money. Aristophanes’ Clouds (423 bce) then founded the genre of scholarly satire. At the ‘Thinkery,’ the philosophical retreat presided over by Socrates, Aristophanes creates a caricature of the art of proving oneself right by means of nitpicking and wordplay. This early example established three subject a…

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Košenina, Alexander, “Satire, scholarly”, 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 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019815>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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