Official satire in propaganda: The treatment of the United States in the GDR’s Eulenspiegel

Eulenspiegel, the weekly humor periodical of the German Democratic Republic, prints considerable satire directed toward the United States. The essay examines the extent of that material, its major themes, and its basic techniques. The satire provides satisfying contrast to domestically directed satire, which addresses far less serious problems, and contributes to the general propaganda campaign. The predictability and repetitiousness of the material, however, greatly reduces its satiric quality and effectiveness.

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