A companion to satire : ancient to modern by Ruben Quintero

By Ruben Quintero

This selection of twenty-nine unique essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the present.

  • Tracks satire from its first appearances within the prophetic books of the previous testomony during the Renaissance and the English culture in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical motion picture Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • Highlights the $64000 impression of the Bible within the literary and cultural improvement of Western satire.
  • Focused typically on significant classical and ecu impacts on and works of English satire, but additionally explores the complicated and fertile cultural cross-semination in the culture of literary satire.

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In Hosea, this irony finds expression repeatedly in the reversal of the past language of assurance . . Yahweh’s 30 Thomas Jemielity People are no longer his (1: 9); Israel returns to Egypt and to the wilderness, hungry, not fed (5: 10), thirsty, not slaked (2: 5), wandering, not settled (9: 17), deprived of children, not spared the last and worst of the plagues that humbled Egypt (9: 16). These, after all, are Israelites slaughtering their own children in fertility rites. Yahweh reverses himself indeed.

Both the successful and the unsuccessful styles of abuse showcased here are echoed in later satiric literature and generate its definitive tensions. While the two modes clash in the Homeric episode, they are gradually interwoven in the ancient comic and satiric tradition, a phenomenon that reflects their respective utility. The ridiculous and vulnerable image of the oppositional speaker has a double edge, for such a figure, having no reputation to lose, may more freely communicate biting criticisms of powerful individuals.

Frye offers an insight into the panorama of satire that can and does include writers as diverse as Horace and Juvenal, Pope and Swift, Orwell and Vonnegut – and the panorama of ancient biblical satire that appears in texts as diverse as Genesis and Amos, 1 Samuel and Job, or Ecclesiastes and Hosea. One example. Horace would appear to be the paradigm of the genial satirist, lightly mocking the follies of human behavior, a first-phase satirist Frye would term him, writing satire of the low norm. 2), he uncharacteristically uses the obscenity most often associated with Juvenal.

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