What is satire? How can we define it? Is it a weapon for radical change or fundamentally conservative? Is satire funny or cruel? Does it always need a target or victim? Combining thematic, theoretical and historical approaches, John T. Gilmore introduces and investigates the tradition of satire from classical models through to the present day. In a lucid and engaging style, Gilmore explores:
the boundaries of free speech and legitimacy.
Using examples from ancient Egypt to Charlie Hebdo, from European traditions of formal verse satire to imaginary voyages and alternative universes, newspaper cartoons and YouTube clips, from the Caribbean to China, this comprehensive volume should be of interest to students and scholars of literature, media and cultural studies as well as politics and philosophy.
Series Editor Preface Preface 1. Introduction 2. Beast Fables from Aesop to Animal Farm 3. Early Satire, from the Bible to Ancient Rome 4. Verse Satire after Antiquity 5. The Heirs of Lucian 6. The "Character" as Satire 7. Satire and Gender 8. Satire and the Visual Arts 9. Conclusion Bibliography
The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:
With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.