The UVic Writer's Guide



A burlesque is a form of indirect satire that imitates a serious literary work or genre but applies the imitated form to inappropriate subject matter. High Burlesque combines an elevated literary form with trivial subject matter; while Low Burlesque combines an undignified form with a serious or lofty subject.

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