Does it matter? You might have to pass an English
exam someday, but you'll have a long life past that we hope, and where else
will it be important to qualify the dividing line between irony and sarcasm,
parody and satire?
Yes, there are grammar-nazis on the Net who will leap upon you with satirical sarcasm if you call something a "parody" that was actually a "burlesque." But most of them are travesties themselves.
You can already tell if a writer is having fun with a subject or poking fun at it, so what else do you need to know?
There are so many variants to this subject that this Primer is divided into a series of parts:
Each section includes definitions from A Glossary of Literary Terms by Robert Harris, combined with an analysis of the uses and effect of the form or technique, quoted examples from a variety of sources, discussion questions, practice exercises, and guidelines for critique.
|Rant||Parody||Technique||Satire||Old Forms & New|
|Invective||Burlesque||Irony||Juvenalian Satire||The Novel of Manners|
|Ridicule||Travesty||Hyperbole||Bardic Satire||The Picaresque Novel|
|Mock Epic||Understatement||Lampoon||The Wessitur|
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