The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

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by Kirk Freudenburg
     
 

Satire as a distinct genre of writing was first developed by the Romans in the second century B.C.E. Regarded by them as uniquely "their own," satire held a special place in the Roman imagination as the one genre that could address the problems of city life from the perspective of a "real Roman." In this Cambridge Companion an international team of scholars provides a… See more details below

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Satire as a distinct genre of writing was first developed by the Romans in the second century B.C.E. Regarded by them as uniquely "their own," satire held a special place in the Roman imagination as the one genre that could address the problems of city life from the perspective of a "real Roman." In this Cambridge Companion an international team of scholars provides a stimulating introduction to Roman satire's core practitioners and practices, placing them within the contexts of Greco-Roman literary and political history. Besides addressing basic questions of authors, content, and form, the volume looks to the question of what satire "does" within the world of Greco-Roman social exchanges, and goes on to treat the genre's further development, reception, and translation in Elizabethan England and beyond. Included are studies of the prosimetric, "Menippean" satires that would become the models for Rabelais, Erasmus, More, and (narrative satire's crowning jewel) Swift.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521006279
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : Roman satire1
1Rome's first "satirists" : themes and genre in Ennius and Lucilius33
2The restless companion : Horace, Satires 1 and 248
3Speaking from silence : the stoic paradoxes of Persius62
4The poor man's feast : Juvenal81
5Citation and authority in Seneca's Apocolocyntosis95
6Late arrivals : Julian and Boethius109
7Epic allusion in Roman satire123
8Sleeping with the enemy : satire and philosophy146
9The satiric maze : Petronius, satire, and the novel160
10Satire as aristocratic play177
11Satire in a ritual context192
12Satire and the poet : the body as self-referential symbol207
13The libidinal rhetoric of satire224
14Roman satire in the sixteenth century243
15Alluding to satire : Rochester, Dryden, and others261
16The Horatian and the Juvenalesque in English letters284
17The "presence" of Roman satire : modern receptions and their interpretative implications299
Conclusion : the turnaround : a volume retrospect on Roman satires309

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