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British satire and the politics of style, 1789-1832

Author: Gary Dyer
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge studies in Romanticism, 23.
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This book breaks new ground by surveying and interpreting the hundreds of satirical poems and prose narratives published in Britain during the Romantic period. Although satire was a major genre with a wide readership, such works have been largely neglected by literary scholars satisfied that satire disappeared in the late eighteenth century. Paying as much attention to now-forgotten figures like John Wolcot ("Peter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Dyer
ISBN: 0521563577 9780521563574
OCLC Number: 35657819
Description: xii, 263 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The scope of satire, 1789-1832 --
2. The modes of satire and the politics of style --
3. The meaning of Radical verse satire --
4. Peacock, Disraeli, and the satirical prose narrative --
5. Satire displaced, satire domesticated --
A select bibliography of British satirical verse, 1789-1832.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Romanticism, 23.
Responsibility: Gary Dyer.
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This book breaks new ground by surveying and interpreting the hundreds of satirical poems and prose narratives published in Britain during the Romantic period. Although satire was a major genre with a wide readership, such works have been largely neglected by literary scholars satisfied that satire disappeared in the late eighteenth century. Paying as much attention to now-forgotten figures like John Wolcot ("Peter Pindar") and Jane Taylor as to Byron, Gary Dyer argues that contemporary political and social conflicts gave new meanings to conventions of satire inherited from classical Rome and eighteenth-century England. Situating these satires in their cultural and material context sheds light on issues such as the tactics satirists used to deflect prosecution for sedition, and the ramifications for women writers of satire's "masculine" connotations. The book includes a bibliography of more than 700 volumes containing satirical verse.

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