By Ruben Quintero
This selection of twenty-nine unique essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the current.
- Tracks satire from its first appearances within the prophetic books of the outdated testomony throughout the Renaissance and the English culture in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical motion picture Fahrenheit Sep 11 .
- Highlights the real impact of the Bible within the literary and cultural improvement of Western satire.
- Focused commonly on significant classical and eu impacts on and works of English satire, but additionally explores the advanced and fertile cultural cross-semination in the culture of literary satire.
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Such a picture emerges in the apocalyptic triumph of the forces of cultural disorder in Alexander Pope’s Dunciad, in Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night, or in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, terrifying destinies that have no end or end in suicide. What if Yahweh announces that He will no longer be? ) and frequently and pervasively reversing or parodying earlier biblical texts. Hosea’s recapitulation of Israel’s history is not a reassuring courtship by Yahweh but a record of infidelity and even the ritual murder of children.
Yahweh reverses himself indeed. ’’ (1992: 116) Acknowledgment Some material in this chapter substantially expands earlier discussions in my critical study, Satire and the Hebrew Prophets (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992). References and Further Reading Alter, Robert (1981) The Art of Biblical Narrative. New York: Basic Books. —— (1985) The Art of Biblical Poetry. New York: Basic Books. Eagleton, Terry (1983) Literary Theory: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell. Elliott, Robert C. (1966) The Power of Satire: Magic, Ritual, Art.
We do not find a modus vivendi with the conventions – we challenge them head on. Austen, as noted, works out in her fiction how a woman might marry advantageously despite the limitations for women in getting and in being married. Part of her toughness is the awareness she leaves us with that even where a woman is successful, at least on her own terms, the price can be high, as in the case of Charlotte Lucas Collins. 26 Thomas Jemielity However, what if the satirist challenges the sources, the bases, the values of the conventions themselves, ridicules the systems or theories, and points out their inadequacy?
A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern by Ruben Quintero