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Evelyn Waugh's satire : texts and contexts

Author: Naomi Milthorpe
Publisher: Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Waugh is a perennial subject for literary scholars; most studies published in the past thirty years take a strongly biographical approach, using Waugh's life and faith as lenses through which to critique the fiction. Evelyn Waugh's Satire takes a different approach: using frameworks of modernist studies, intertextuality, satire theory, and the contexts of the interwar period, Milthorpe renews debates about the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Milthorpe, Naomi.
Evelyn Waugh's satire.
Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016028333
Named Person: Evelyn Waugh; Evelyn Waugh; Evelyn Waugh
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Milthorpe
ISBN: 9781611478747 161147874X
OCLC Number: 946160742
Description: x, 185 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: satire, texts and contexts --
England and the Octopus: Decline and Fall --
Real tears: Vile Bodies and the Apes of God --
Collecting material: Black Mischief, Scoop and Cold Comfort Farm --
Blow the whole thing sky-high: A Handful of Dust --
Divided we stand, united we fall: Put Out More Flags and Scott-King's Modern Europe --
Half in love with easeful death: The Loved One and Love Among the Ruins --
Conscious imposture: The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold --
Coda the Rake's Regress: "Basil Seal Rides Again."
Responsibility: Naomi Milthorpe.

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"Waugh is a perennial subject for literary scholars; most studies published in the past thirty years take a strongly biographical approach, using Waugh's life and faith as lenses through which to critique the fiction. Evelyn Waugh's Satire takes a different approach: using frameworks of modernist studies, intertextuality, satire theory, and the contexts of the interwar period, Milthorpe renews debates about the targets and tactics of Waugh's satire."--

"Evelyn Waugh (1903--1966) is one of the twentieth century's great prose stylists and the author of a suite of devastating satires on modern English life, from his first unforgettably funny novel Decline and Fall, to his last work of fiction, "Basil Seal Rides Again." Evelyn Waugh's Satire: Texts and Contexts renews scholarly debates central to Waugh's work: the forms of his satire, his attitudes towards modernity and modernism, his place in the literary culture of the interwar period, and his pugnacious (mis)reading of literary and other texts. This study offers new exegetical accounts of the forms and figures of Waugh's satire, linking original readings of Waugh's texts to the literary-historical contexts that informed them. Posing fresh readings of familiar works and affording attention to more neglected texts, Evelyn Waugh's Satire: Texts and Contexts offers readers and scholars a timely opportunity to return to the rich, dark art of this master of prose satire."--Publisher's description.

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