This collection of twenty-nine original essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the present. * Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic books of the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the English tradition in satire to Michael Moore's satirical movie Fahrenheit 9/11. * Highlights the important influence of the Bible in the literary and cultural development of Western satire. * Focused mainly on major classical and European influences on and works of English satire, but also explores the complex and fertile cultural cross-semination within the tradition of literary satire.
Ruben Quintero is Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles, and teaches Restoration and eighteenth-century literature. His book Literate Culture: Pope's Rhetorical Art (1992) received a University of Delaware Press Manuscript Award.
Illustrations. Notes on Contributors. Acknowledgments. Introduction: Understanding Satire: Ruben Quintero (California State University, Los Angeles). Part I: Biblical World to European Renaissance:. 1. Ancient Biblical Satire: Thomas Jemielity (University of Notre Dame). 2. Defining the Art of Blame: Classical Satire: Catherine Keane (Washington University in St Louis). 3. Medieval Satire: Laura Kendrick (Universite de Versailles). 4. Rabelais and French Renaissance Satire: Edwin M. Duval (Yale University). 5. Satire of the Spanish Golden Age: Alberta Gatti (Saint Xavier University, Chicago). 6. Verse Satire in the English Renaissance: Ejner J. Jensen (University of Michigan). 7. Renaissance Prose Satire: Italy and England: W. Scott Blanchard (College Misericordia in Pennsylvania). Part II: Restoration and Eighteenth-century England and France:. 8. Satire in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century France: Russell Goulbourne (University of Leeds). 9. Dramatic Satire in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century: Jean I. Marsden (University of Connecticut). 10. Dryden and Restoration Satire: Dustin Griffin (New York University). 11. Jonathan Swift: Frank Boyle (Fordham University). 12. Pope and Augustan Verse Satire: Ruben Quintero (California State University, Los Angeles). 13. Satiric Spirits of the Later Eighteenth Century: Johnson to Crabbe: James Engell (Harvard University). 14. Restoration and Eighteenth-century Satiric Fiction: Joseph F. Bartolomeo (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). 15. Gendering Satire: Behn to Burney: Claudia Thomas Kairoff (Wake Forest University). 16. Pictorial Satire: From Emblem to Expression: Ronald Paulson (The Johns Hopkins University). Part III: Nineteenth Century to Contemporary:. 17. The Hidden Agenda of Romantic Satire: Carlyle and Heine: Peter Brier (California State University, Los Angeles). 18. Nineteenth-century Satiric Poetry: Steven E. Jones (Loyola University, Chicago). 19. Narrative Satire in the Nineteenth Century: Frank Palmeri (University of Miami). 20. American Satire: Beginnings through Mark Twain: Linda A. Morris (University of California, Davis). 21. Twentieth-century Fictional Satire: Valentine Cunningham (University of Oxford). 22. Verse Satire in the Twentieth Century: Timothy Steele (California State University, Los Angeles). 23. Satire in Modern and Contemporary Theater: Christopher J. Herr (Missouri State University). 24. Irish Satire: Jose Lanters (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Part IV: The Practice of Satire:. 25. Modes of Mockery: The Significance of Mock-poetic Forms in the Enlightenment: Blanford Parker (The College of Staten Island and The CUNY Graduate Center). 26. Irony and Satire: Zoja Pavlovskis-Petit (Binghamton University). 27. Mock-biblical Satire from Medieval to Modern: Michael F. Suarez (Fordham University and University of Oxford). 28. The Satiric Character Sketch: David F. Venturo (The College of New Jersey). 29. The Secret Life of Satire: Melinda Alliker Rabb (Brown University). Index