Laughter & Derision
in Petronius' Satyrica

A Literary Study

By Maria Plaza
December 2000
Almqvist & Wiksell International
ISBN: 91-22-01891-3
227 Pages
$64.00 Paper Original



The aim of this doctoral thesis is to establish the function of the motif of laughter and derision in the first-century Roman novel Satyrica, from the conviction that an investigation of a formally defined motif may offer a new angle for studying the character of a literary work. The motif is investigated by means of a linear close reading of all passages that contain explicit mention of laughter and derision, with particular attention to personage interaction, genre, allusions to other literature, and narrative strategy.

Series: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis Studia Latina Stockhomiensia 46

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