Rhetoric, Humor, and the Public Sphere: From Socrates to Stephen Colbert
Elizabeth Benacka (Author)
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.
About the Author
Elizabeth Benacka is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Lake Forest College.
- Contributor: Elizabeth Benacka
- Imprint: Lexington Books
- ISBN13: 9781498519861
- Number of Pages: 178
- Packaged Dimensions: 159x237x18mm
- Packaged Weight: 399
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Lexington Books
- Release Date: 2016-11-02
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Elizabeth Benacka is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Lake Forest College.