The Literature of Satire

The Literature of Satire

by Charles A. Knight
     
 

The Literature of Satire is a wide-ranging study of satire from the classics to the present in plays, novels, and the press, as well as in verse. In it Charles Knight analyses the rhetorical problems created by satire's complex relations to its community, and examines how it exploits the genres it borrows. He argues that satire derives from an awareness of the… See more details below

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The Literature of Satire is a wide-ranging study of satire from the classics to the present in plays, novels, and the press, as well as in verse. In it Charles Knight analyses the rhetorical problems created by satire's complex relations to its community, and examines how it exploits the genres it borrows. He argues that satire derives from an awareness of the differences between appearance, ideas, and discourse. Knight provides illuminating readings of such satirists, familiar and unfamiliar, as Horace, Lucian, Jonson, Moliere, Swift, Pope, Byron, Flaubert, Ostrovsky, Kundera, and Rushdie. This broad-ranging examination sheds new light on the nature and functions of satire as a model of writing, as well as on theoretical approaches to it. It will be of interest to scholars interested in literary theory as well as those specifically interested in satire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521048705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/26/2007
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: the satiric frame of mind1
Pt. ISatiric Boundaries
1Imagination's Cerberus13
2Satiric nationalism50
3Satiric exile81
Pt. IISatiric Forms
4Satire as performance119
5Horatian performances156
6Satire and the novel203
7Satire and the press: the Battle of Dunkirk233
8White snow and black magic: Karl Kraus and the press251
Conclusion270
Notes273
Bibliography302
Index320

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