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

"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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Below are a few more videos in the series. Please drop us a comment letting us know what literary terms you would like us to explore in future videos!
"What is a prologue?": de-visions.com/detail/video-PEeMmskARMc.html
"What is a stanza?": de-visions.com/detail/video-qaXfCSCHBt0.html
"What is stream of consciousness?": de-visions.com/detail/video-WaSFwO3O2SI.html
"What is figurative language?": de-visions.com/detail/video-c2CRxHOgxBM.html
"What is irony?': de-visions.com/detail/video-q6e0oNVx8Uk.html
"What is a metaphor?": de-visions.com/detail/video-5mPSFQ1eFUU.html
"What is a simile?": de-visions.com/detail/video-YqJrZ6OoqjU.html
"What is hyperbole?": de-visions.com/detail/video-IzfyNwNpUmA.html
"What is a imagery?": de-visions.com/detail/video-uX413tALG7Q.html
"What is a sonnet?": de-visions.com/detail/video-QmrKmL06J9g.html
"What is metonymy?": de-visions.com/detail/video-jydjhvOzMGQ.html
"What is synecdoche?": de-visions.com/detail/video-V3G51sJcvzg.html
"What is enjambment?": de-visions.com/detail/video-yBn2ZOwv144.html
"What is satire?": de-visions.com/detail/video-io58hl1Z0TY.html
"What is juxtaposition?": de-visions.com/detail/video-4KXVPS3FYkQ.html
"What is foreshadowing?": de-visions.com/detail/video-nc-2Jg6b0Dw.html
"What is understatement?": de-visions.com/detail/video-tW3MZ6z8KNA.html
"What is rhyme?": de-visions.com/detail/video-_9oHeL2qI6g.html
"What is an unreliable narrator?": de-visions.com/detail/video-A-lDvHT2QyQ.html
"What is a genre?": de-visions.com/detail/video-Go0Mto2fOXY.html
"What is a narrative arc?": de-visions.com/detail/video-ngpHeQZtS-w.html
"What is a flashback?": de-visions.com/detail/video-tjTauD53Ru4.html
"What is personification?": de-visions.com/detail/video-5GOfjV6u0Co.html
"What is a narrator?": de-visions.com/detail/video-bCNNBxlnkjQ.html
"What is a flat character vs a round character?": de-visions.com/detail/video-IPIBTgPlK5c.html
"What is symbolism?": de-visions.com/detail/video-GR9VbSXxouM.html
"What is a graphic narrative? (Part I)": de-visions.com/detail/video-SPES7Z2fjIY.html
"What is a graphic narrative? (Part II)": de-visions.com/detail/video-KEqQIB5ytcI.html
"What is epistrophe?": de-visions.com/detail/video-6rdlklOZs4o.html
"What is poetic meter?": de-visions.com/detail/video-S13Tg3RAUW4.html
"What is a portmanteau?": de-visions.com/detail/video-P5TdpQXTkB0.html
"What is anaphora?": de-visions.com/detail/video-dr970RgZu8w.html
"What is an oxymoron?": de-visions.com/detail/video-oXMht0mi0xc.html
"What is a zeugma?": de-visions.com/detail/video-qGtjLGFPmXE.html
"What is free indirect discourse?": de-visions.com/detail/video-Vw5XclD9IlQ.html

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  • this is a really good vid it helped me alot thanks a lot

    Render RBRender RBVor 7 Monate
    • @Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film ty

      Always Be CruisingAlways Be CruisingVor 4 Monate
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      Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmOregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmVor 4 Monate
    • 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.

      Always Be CruisingAlways Be CruisingVor 4 Monate
    • Thanks so much! We hope you check out our other videos as well for more definitions of literary terms.

      Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmOregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmVor 7 Monate
  • Finally I can make satire thanks to this video! Thanks!

    EEE YeBOiiEEE YeBOiiVor Monat
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  • 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.

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  • I really hope Swag Adam is being satire, not that to any better

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    nobody_ _nobody_ _Vor 2 Monate
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      Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmOregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmVor 2 Monate
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    A Dot SinghA Dot SinghVor 2 Monate
    • @Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and Film No problem :)

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  • Satire is to comedy as milk is to dairy products.

    Dr. Common SenseDr. Common SenseVor 2 Monate
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    Marcus LeMarcus LeVor 3 Monate
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      DG Camer12DG Camer12Vor 3 Monate
  • de-visions.com/detail/video-3UsZQhBR6Sk.html does this video qualify as satire. The President's Secret Connection with Perfect Day Coco Cay

    Always Be CruisingAlways Be CruisingVor 4 Monate
    • 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!

      Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmOregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmVor 4 Monate
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  • 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.

    Oregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmOregon State University - School of Writing, Literature and FilmVor 7 Monate
"What is Satire?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers