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A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern
     

A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern

by Ruben Quintero
 

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This collection of twenty-nine original essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the present.

  • Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic books of the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the English tradition in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical movie Fahrenheit 9/11.

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This collection of twenty-nine original essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the present.

  • Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic books of the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the English tradition in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical movie Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • Highlights the important influence of the Bible in the literary and cultural development of Western satire.
  • Focused mainly on major classical and European influences on and works of English satire, but also explores the complex and fertile cultural cross-semination within the tradition of literary satire.

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"This book forms a substantial contribution to literary studies and is likely to be the standard work on the subject for a decade or two … .The chapters are densely detailed, the vocabulary elevated." (Reference Reviews, Issue 4 2008)

“The long eighteenth century is well represented in Blackwell's A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern, edited by Ruben Quintero,which contains nine full essays and parts of several others devoted to the period … .This sturdy volume should be of use to a variety of readers from advanced undergraduates to scholars seeking refresher (or crash) courses on either major satirists … or less familiar topics and subtopics.” (Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Summer 2008)

"Offering a valuable contribution to the critical study of satire, Quintero has assembled insightful essays by an impressive roster of scholars...This book serves as a cogent, instructive overview of satire." (Choice)

“This book obviously brings to readers a dazzling variety of topics relating to satire. There is a rich abundance of material here, surely something for everyone. Indeed, the quality of these essays is uniformly high. All are well-written, well-researched, thoughtful, and insightful examinations of an assortment of satiric expressions. The array of subject matter is compelling. Primarily, we are given thorough, informative overviews of the major players, issues, eras, and types of satire. This book … makes an invaluable contribution to the study of that form.” (Notes and Queries)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470657959
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #145
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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"Offering a valuable contribution to the critical study of satire, Quintero has assembled insightful essays by an impressive roster of scholars...This book serves as a cogent, instructive overview of satire." Choice

Meet the Author

Ruben Quintero is Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles, and teaches Restoration and eighteenth-century literature. His book Literate Culture: Pope’s Rhetorical Art (1992) received a University of Delaware Press Manuscript Award.

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