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Eighteenth-Century Satire

Eighteenth-Century Satire
Essays on Text and Context from Dryden to Peter Pindar


  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034098

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  • Howard D. Weinbrot here collects thirteen of his most important essays on Restoration and eighteenth-century British satire. Divided into sections on 'contexts' and 'texts', the essays range widely and deeply across the spectrum of satiric kinds, satirists, satires, and scholarly and critical problems. In 'Contexts', Professor Weinbrot discusses the pattern of formal verse satire of blame and praise popularized by Dryden in 1693 and influential throughout the next century, challenges the traditional view that Hprace and 'Augustanism' define eighteenth-century satire, and focuses on the vexed question of whether there was indeed a 'persona' or theory of masking at work in eighteenth-century satire. In 'Texts' he deals with several of the most important verse satirists and satires of the period and closely analyses them within their historical and artistic frameworks. Clearly written, learned, and often witty, this book is committed to critical inquiry that respects the integrity of its texts. It also emphasized the breadth of context that enriches our understanding of satire and the relationships among the nurturing culture, the producing poet, the poem producers, and the poem as received in its age.

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    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034098
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.425kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: the achievement of Dryden's 'Discourse on Satyr'
    Part I. Contexts:
    1. The pattern of formal verse satire in the Restoration and the eighteenth century
    2. History, Horace and Augustus Caesar: some implications for eighteenth-century satire
    3. Masked men and satire and Pope: towards an historical basis for the eighteenth-century persona
    Part II. Texts:
    4. The swelling volume: the apocalyptic satire of Rochester's Letter from Artemisia in the Town to Chloe in the Country
    5. The 'Allusion to Horace': Rochester's imitative mode
    6. 'Natures holy bands' in Absalom and Achitophel: fathers and sons, satire and change
    7. The Rape of the Lock and the contexts of warfare
    8. 'Such as Sir Robert would approve'? Answers to Pope's answer from Horace
    9. The conventions of classical satire and the practice of Pope
    10. Persius, the opposition to Walpole, and Pope
    11. Johnson's London and Juvenal's third satire: the country as 'ironic' norm
    12. No 'mock debate': questions and answers in The Vanity of Human Wishes
    13. Pope, his successors, and the dissociation of satiric sensibility: an hypothesis

  • Author

    Howard D. Weinbrot, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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