The Politics of Parody: A Literary History of Caricature, 1760-1830

The Politics of Parody: A Literary History of Caricature, 1760-1830

by David Francis Taylor


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This engaging study explores how the works of Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, and others were taken up by caricaturists as a means of helping the eighteenth-century British public make sense of political issues, outrages, and personalities. The first in-depth exploration of the relationship between literature and visual satire in this period, David Taylor’s book explores how great texts, seen through the lens of visual parody, shape how we understand the political world. It offers a fascinating, novel approach to literary history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300223750
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

David Francis Taylor is associate professor of eighteenth‑century literature at the University of Warwick, and the award‑winning author of Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Prints, Parody, And The Political Public

1 The Literariness of Graphic Satire 3

2 Looking, Literacy, and the Printshop Window 40

Part 2 Plotting Politics

3 The Tempest; or, The Disenchanted Island 71

4 Macbeth as Political Comedy 101

5 Paradise Lost, from the Sublime to the Ridiculous 140

6 Gulliver Goes to War 181

7 Harlequin Napoleon; or, What Literature Isn't 210

Appendix: Dramatis Personae 249

Notes 253

Acknowledgments 287

Index 289

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