English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702

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In the first comprehensive survey of this vast field, Harold Love considers the relationship of the lampoon to gossip, how one might construct a poetics of the genre, and how clandestine satire reached and was received by its readers. Constructing three primary categories of "court," "Town" and "state" lampooning, Love argues that far from being the product of isolated disaffection, most satire was the work of a circle of recognized poets, frequently operating in collaboration. An extensive first-line index to the principal manuscript sources for clandestine satire makes this book an open sesame to further exploration of its fascinating field.

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"Love's winning combination of imaginative critical synthesis and scholarly exactitude makes English Clandestine Satire a likely incitement to important new work for years to come."—Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

"Love offers an illuminating study of 17th-century English lampoon."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199255610
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2004
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Monash University (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Court Lampoon
3. The Town Lampoon
4. State Satire
5. Authorship
6. Lampoons and the Culture of Gossip
7. A Poetics of the Lampoon
8. Distribution and Readership

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