On Satire: What is satire?

Clare Bucknell and Colin Burrow

Clare and Colin begin their twelve-part series on satire with the big question: what is satire? Where did it come from? Is it a genre, or more of a style, or an attitude? They then plunge into their first text, The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus, a prose satire from 1511 that lampoons pretty much the whole of sixteenth century life in the voice of Folly herself. 

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Colin Burrow and Clare Bucknell are both fellows of All Souls College, Oxford.

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