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Rhetoric, Humor, and the Public Sphere

Rhetoric, Humor, and the Public Sphere

From Socrates to Stephen Colbert

by Elizabeth Benacka
Publication Date: 01/01/2017
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Rhetoric, Humor, and the Public Sphere: From Socrates to Stephen Colbert investigates classical and contemporary understandings of satire, parody, and irony, and how these genres function within a deliberative democracy. Elizabeth Benacka examines the rhetorical history, theorization, and practice of humor spanning from ancient Greece and Rome to the contemporary United States. In particular, this book focuses on the contemporary work of Stephen Colbert and his parody of a conservative media pundit, analyzing how his humor took place in front of an uninitiated audience and ridiculed a variety of problems and controversies threatening American democracy. Ultimately, Benacka emphasizes the importance of humor as a discourse capable of calling forth a group of engaged citizens and a source of civic education in contemporary society.
Communication studies
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Incorporated
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