Satire and the Threat of Speech in Horace's Satires, Book 1

Satire and the Threat of Speech in Horace's Satires, Book 1

by Catherine M. Schlegel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299209504

ISBN-13: 9780299209506

Pub. Date: 12/23/2005

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

In his first book of Satires, written in the late, violent days of the Roman republic, Horace exposes satiric speech as a tool of power and domination. Using critical theories from classics, speech act theory, and others, Catherine Schlegel argues that Horace's acute poetic observation of hostile speech provides insights into the operations of verbal control

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In his first book of Satires, written in the late, violent days of the Roman republic, Horace exposes satiric speech as a tool of power and domination. Using critical theories from classics, speech act theory, and others, Catherine Schlegel argues that Horace's acute poetic observation of hostile speech provides insights into the operations of verbal control that are relevant to his time and to ours. She demonstrates that though Horace is forced by his political circumstances to develop a new, unthreatening style of satire, his poems contain a challenge to our most profound habits of violence, hierarchy, and domination. Focusing on the relationships between speaker and audience and between old and new style, Schlegel examines the internal conflicts of a notoriously difficult text. This exciting contribution to the field of Horatian studies will be of interest to classicists as well as other scholars interested in the genre of satire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299209506
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
12/23/2005
Series:
Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Edition description:
1
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : satire and the threat of speech3
1The limits of satire, Iam satis est : satires 1.1-319
2Horace and his fathers : satires 1.4 and 1.638
3Practicing theory, or, perils of the open road : satires 1.559
4Satire as conflict irresolution : satires 1.777
5Talking heads and Canidian poetics : satires 1.890
6Auditor - adiutor : satires 1.9108
7Unsatisfying fulfillments : satires 1.10 and the end of satires 1127

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