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Sharon McCoy <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 8 Feb 2011 06:08:24 -0800
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As Twain is a master of satire, I wanted to share this call for papers with 
members of the list.



Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Seattle, 5-8 January 2012

Satire's Double-Edged Irony

The American Humor Studies Association is seeking papers that explore the often 
ambiguous nature of satire's object, the lines that blur between satire and 
celebration, and the difficulty of predicting or controlling audience response.

Recent studies, such as “The Irony of Satire,” suggest that perception of 
satire's object often rests in the reader's or viewer's own biases.   This panel 
is interested in exploring the implications of this ambiguity in the production, 
deployment, and teaching of satire.  How does this affect satire's admittedly 
subversive purpose?  Is this satire's power, its limitation, or both?

250-word abstract by 15 March 2011

Sharon D. McCoy

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