Laughing At The Learned

Penelope Corfield, professor of history at RoyAl Holloway, discusses the role of satire from the age of Chaucer to `Private Eye'.

In every age, writers and artists have used their skills to expose the soft underbelly of the powerful and privileged and allowed the general public the opportunity to laugh at those who cloak themselves in the trappings of authority.

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Penelope Corfield, professor of history at RoyAl Holloway, discusses the role of satire from the age of Chaucer to `Private Eye'.

In every age, writers and artists have used their skills to expose the soft underbelly of the powerful and privileged and allowed the general public the opportunity to laugh at those who cloak themselves in the trappings of authority.