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1st Edition

By John T. Gilmore


206 pages

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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 moral politics of satire
  • whether satire is universal, historically or geographically limited
  • how satire translates across genres and media
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

John T. Gilmore is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. He teaches, researches and has published on eighteenth-century literature written in English and Latin, the literature and history of the Caribbean, and Translation Studies.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

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  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

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.

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