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We Go PogoWalt Kelly, Politics, and American Satire$
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Kerry D. Soper

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032844.001.0001

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Comedy and Satire in Pogo

Comedy and Satire in Pogo

(p.50) Chapter 2 Comedy and Satire in Pogo
We Go Pogo

Kerry D. Soper

University Press of Mississippi

In an attempt to do justice to each aspect of Kelly’s work, this chapter begins by exploring the interconnections between the comedy and satire in Pogo. The various visual and verbal tools at work in its comedy can be identified, tracing the roots of Kelly’s narrative conventions and character types—and then speculating on the satiric meanings and uses that emerge from those methods. It is useful to establish Kelly’s own views on the supposed divide between serious satire and lowbrow comedy. It was his pointed social criticism that gave Pogo its conscience, direction, and force. The sillier aspects of Pogo both amplified Kelly’s topical satire and sometimes served as a type of satiric discourse in themselves. These satiric qualities can be recognized by discussing his work within the frames of the carnivalesque, cosmic, and deconstructive.

Keywords:   comedy, satire, verbal tools, satiric meanings, lowbrow comedy, social criticism

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