The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770

The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770

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Outstanding Academic Title, Choice In The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770, Ashley Marshall explores how satire was conceived and understood by writers and readers of the period. Her account is based on a reading of some 3,000 works, ranging from one-page squibs to novels. The objective is not to recuperate particular minor works but to recover the satiric milieu-to resituate the masterpieces amid the hundreds of other works alongside which they were originally written and read. The long eighteenth century is generally hailed as the great age of satire, and as such, it has received much critical attention. However, scholars have focused almost exclusively on a small number of canonical works, such as Gulliver's Travels and The Dunciad, and have not looked for continuity over time. Marshall revises the standard account of eighteenth-century satire, revealing it to be messy, confused, and discontinuous, exhibiting radical and rapid changes over time. The true history of satire in its great age is not a history at all. Rather, it is a collection of episodic little histories.

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Ashley Marshall is an associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Swift and History: Politics and the English Past


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsA Note on Texts, Dates, and Money1. Canonical and Noncanonical Satire, 1658-1770I. The "Definition" Quagmire and the Problem of Descriptive TerminologyII. Genre versus ModeIII. The Modern Critical Canon and Its ImplicationsIV. The Total Satire Canon and Its Economic ContextThe Production of Satire in England, 1658-1770Price, Format, Dissemination, and Implied AudiencesV. Some Issues of Coverage and OrganizationVI. The Uses of a Taxonomic MethodologyThe Varieties of SatireForecasting Some ConclusionsThe Nature of the Enterprise2. Contemporary Views on Satire, 1658-1770I. Concepts of Satire"Satire"Definition by ContrastII. The Business of SatireThe Opposition to SatireThe Case for SatireIII. The Practice and Province of SatireAcceptable and Problematical Satiric MethodsAppropriate and Inappropriate Satiric TargetsIV. Characterizing the SatiristV. Perceptions of Eighteenth-Century Satire Then and Now3. Satire in the Carolean PeriodI. Some Preliminary ConsiderationsII. Dryden, Rochester, BuckinghamCarolean DrydenRochesterBuckingham's Purposive SatireIII. Marvell, Ayloffe, OldhamMarvell as Polemical SatiristAyloffe's Antimonarchical DiatribesOldham's Juvenalian PerformancesIV. Hudibras and Other Camouflage SatiresV. Personal and Social Satire: From Lampoons to Otway and LeeVI. Chronological Change, 1658-1685VII. IssuesIntensityTonePresentation of PositivesThe Problem of ApplicationVIII. The Discontinuous World of Carolean Satire4. Beyond CaroleanI. Altered CircumstancesII. Dryden as Satirist, 1685-1700III. Poetic SatireTutchin, Defoe, and Political SatireGould and Defamatory SatireGarth and BlackmoreBrown, Ward, and Commercial SatireIV. Dramatic SatireShadwell and Exemplary ComedyMitigated SatireHarsh Social SatireV. The State of Satire ca. 17005. Defoe, Swift, and New Varieties of Satire, 1700-1725I. Defoe as SatiristAttack and DefenseInstruction and Direct Warning (Aimed at the Audience)Indirect Exposure and DiscomfitureII. Religious and Political SatireTopical ControversyMonitory Satire in the Manner of DefoeIdeological Argumentation: Dunton, Defoe, and OthersIII. Social and Moral SatireGeneralized SatireDidactic Satire in the Manner of SteeleParticularized and Topical SatireArgument and InquiryIV. The Alleged "Scriblerians"V. Swift before GulliverJokiness and PlayDestruction and NegativityPurposive Defamation and DefenseIndirection and Difficult SatireVI. Characterizing the Early Eighteenth Century6. Harsh and Sympathetic Satire, 1726-1745I. Pope and Swift among Their ContemporariesPolitical Commentary and CombatThe Culture WarsSocial SatireII. Pope, Swift, GayPopeSwiftGayIII. The Problem of Meaning in Gulliver's TravelsIV. Fielding and the Move toward Sympathetic SatirePlayful Satire and EntertainmentProvocation and PreachmentDistributive JusticeFielding's Concept of SatireSympathetic SatireV. Alive and Well7. Churchill, Foote, Macklin, Garrick, Smollett, Sterne, and Others, 1745-1770I. The Rise of "Poetic" SatireFrivolity and EntertainmentMoral PreachmentParticularized AttackPoeticized SatireChurchill's Nonpolitical SatireII. Wilkes, Churchill, and Political Controversy in the 1760sThe North BritonChurchill's Political SatireVisual SatireWilkes's Essay on WomanIII. Satire in the Commercial TheaterSocial ComedyLightweight Afterpiece EntertainmentSamuel FooteCharles MacklinDavid GarrickIV. Satire in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century NovelSmollett's Dark SatireThe Late Career of FieldingTristram Shandy and the Singularity of SterneCharlotte Lennox, Oliver Goldsmith, Sarah FieldingV. Satire for a Stable EraEpilogueI. Motives and ModesII. Remapping English Satire, 1658-1770AppendixNotesBibliographyIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781421419855
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 456
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  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 1421419858

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