Dramatic Satire and the Crisis of Authority

  • Rebecca Yearling


Negotiating a relationship between themselves and their audience was, of course, something that all playwrights of the time had to do, but it was an issue that was of particular importance to the satiric playwright, given that the efficacy of satire relies on the audience’s willingness to accept the satirist as a source of moral truth. The satiric playwright needs to find a way of making his spectators respect and agree with his judgements, in order to bring them to share his view of the world, to recognise and condemn what he sees as the vices and follies of their society.


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  • Rebecca Yearling
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityUK

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