"What is Satire?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

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Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film

Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film

Hace 9 meses

"What is satire? How can we understand various kinds of literary satires?" Professor Evan Gottlieb answers these questions using examples of satire from a variety of historical and contemporary sources. The short video is designed to help high school and college English students to properly identify three different kinds of satire (Horatian, Juvenalian, and Menippean) and to analyze this genre's structures and purposes.
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Render RB
Render RB Hace 6 meses
this is a really good vid it helped me alot thanks a lot
Always Be Cruising
Always Be Cruising Hace 3 meses
@Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film ty
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 3 meses
@Always Be Cruising No problem! Always good to hear from folks nearby. We have quite a few friends at Willamette! Good luck with your channel.
Always Be Cruising
Always Be Cruising Hace 3 meses
Thanks you for the reply. It is very helpful. I'm gonna use your tips in my next attempt. Ty. Oh by the way I am a Willamette Alum.
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 6 meses
Thanks so much! We hope you check out our other videos as well for more definitions of literary terms.
EEE YeBOii
EEE YeBOii Hace 2 horas
Finally I can make satire thanks to this video! Thanks!
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 43 minutos
Thanks so much, EEE! We hope you enjoy the other videos in our series as well. Good luck with your video!
Dinesh singh
Dinesh singh Hace un día
Helpful 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace un día
Thanks so much, Dinesh! We're delighted to hear you are enjoying the videos!
Matthew Cao
Matthew Cao Hace 16 días
Wow I didn't even realize that Fight Club was satire! Also great video, it was short, concise, the speaker had a nice volume, tone, and speed. Overall wonderfully executed product.
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 16 días
Thanks so much for supporting our work, Matthew! We hope you enjoy the other videos in our series as well!
Plasticgamer YT
Plasticgamer YT Hace un mes
I really hope Swag Adam is being satire, not that to any better
nobody_ _
nobody_ _ Hace un mes
awesome video!
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace un mes
Thanks so much, Genkest R! We hope you enjoy the other videos in our series as well!
A Dot Singh
A Dot Singh Hace un mes
Really helpful video, Thanks !!!
A Dot Singh
A Dot Singh Hace un mes
@Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film No problem :)
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace un mes
Thanks so much! We hope you enjoy the other videos in our series as well!
Dr. Common Sense
Dr. Common Sense Hace un mes
Satire is to comedy as milk is to dairy products.
Marcus Le
Marcus Le Hace un mes
best video on the planet
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace un mes
Thanks so much, Marcus! We hope you enjoy the other videos in our series as well!
Franco Lashgari
Franco Lashgari Hace 2 meses
read my comment
DG Camer12
DG Camer12 Hace 2 meses
no
Always Be Cruising
Always Be Cruising Hace 3 meses
eswomen.com/id/v%C3%ADdeo-3UsZQhBR6Sk.html does this video qualify as satire. The President's Secret Connection with Perfect Day Coco Cay
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 3 meses
Thanks for the question! We haven't watched the full video (things are pretty hectic around here), but from what we watched, it certainly is making a good point about how cruise advertisements--and indeed quite a few other media forms--characterize whiteness as a "norm" that is indirectly (or sometimes directly) exclusionary. To make it a Juvenalian satire, however, it'd probably have to be told from the perspective of a person who seems to hold these beliefs (the narrator in Jonathan Swift's satire "A Modest Proposal" is advocating for eating children and in Fight Club, the narrator is celebrating masculine violence). Satire therefore requires us to separate out in our heads the author (who does not hold these beliefs and is in fact condemning them by presenting an extreme version of those beliefs) from the narrator. This is tougher to do with two people in the given video, because each of them hold different beliefs, so it might be unclear to the viewer where the satire falls--on the interviewer or the interviewee. That's our two cents. We hope it proves useful to you!
Austin Flores
Austin Flores Hace 4 meses
Awooga
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 4 meses
Ha! We hope that means you liked the video...
ThugMentalityMusic
ThugMentalityMusic Hace 4 meses
Splendid video Well explained 🙏💹
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 4 meses
Thanks so much for your kind words! We hope you enjoy the other videos in our series as well!
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film
Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film Hace 6 meses
Please drop us a comment to let us know what you thought of our video! Doing so will help us to build a rich digital learning environment around the topic of literary form.
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