The Possibility of Satire: Reading Pratap Narain Misra’s Brāhmaṇ, 1883–1890

  • Alok RaiEmail author
Part of the Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context book series (TRANSCULT)


Issues of community, audience and address are crucial to the possibility and performance of satire. They both depend upon a delicate and fluctuating relationship between the objects of satire—the targets, so to speak—and the intended audiences. Too close an identification between the two and the performance veers towards sermonising or ranting. On the other hand, too little identification, too great a perceived distance, so that the audience of satire does not feel at all implicated in the critique, produces relatively crude satire, a mere mockery. James Sutherland described this kind of satire, a propos Ben Jonson and Samuel Butler, thus:


Implicit Position Language Ideologue Colonial Context Linguistic Repertoire Colonial Situation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.English Literature at Delhi UniversityDelhiIndia

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