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In this era of apocalyptic headlines and doom-laden news reports, it has become increasingly commonplace to despair that satire has died. This fatal prognosis has been issued by everyone from journalists, to politicians, to comedians. As recently as August 2018, Vice magazine published a feature proclaiming that ‘Political Satire Won’t Save Us.’ The cited causes of death vary (sometimes Brexit, often Trump, very often social media) but they are always urgent, recent, contemporary.
Join Drs Adam Smith and Jo Waugh, directors of the ongoing ‘Satire: Births, Deaths, Legacies’ project, as they discuss the claim of the death of satire and put it into historical context, revealing that satire has “died” many times before. This historical journey will observe some of the greatest moments of British satire, from Alexander Pope and The Dunciad to Chris Morris and Brass Eye, considering as it does so the function and effectiveness of satire through the ages. The event will look forward as well as back, contemplating our fraught present and looking into possible dystopian futures ahead, asking: can the satirist still save us after all?