Matthew Hodgart Satire Essay

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Matthew Hodgart’s Satire is the latest entry in Transaction’sHumor Studies Series. Satire, according to JonathanSwift, is a mirror where beholders generally discovereverybody’s face but their own, and over twenty-fourcenturies the mirror of satirical literature has taken onmany shapes. Yet certain techniques recur continually,certain themes are timeless, and some targets are perennial:politics (the mismanagement of men by other men)has always been a target of satire, as has the war betweensexes.The universality of satire as a mode and creative impulseis demonstrated by the cross-cultural developmentof lampoon and travesty. Its deep roots and variety areshown by the persistence of allegory, fable, aphorism, andother literary satirical subgenres. Hodgart analyses satireat some of its most exuberant moments in Western literature,from Aristophanes to Brecht. His literary analysis issupplemented by a selection and discussion of prints andcartoons for comparison.Satire continues to help us make sense of the conventionsthat seem to have been almost geneticallytransmitted from their satiric ancestors to our digitalcontemporaries. This is especially evident in Hodgart’srepeated references to satire’s predilection for the ephemeral,for camouflaging itself among the everyday, forspeaking to the moment, and thus for integrating itselfas deeply as possible into the society which both breedsit and suffers its criticism. Brian Connery’s new introductionplaces Hodgart’s analysis in its proper place in thedevelopment of twentieth-century criticism.

Introduction to the Transaction Edition Introduction Origins and principles 2 The topics of satire: politics 3 The topics of satire: women 4 Techniques of satire 5 Forms of satire 6 Satire in drama 7 Satire in the novel Postscript Notes Acknowledgments Index

ISBN: 9781412810609
ISBN-10: 1412810604
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 1st November 2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.38

'Satire' said Swift 'is a sort of glass, wherein beholders
do generally discover everybody's face but their own' . Over
the past twenty-four centuries the mirror of satirical literature
has itself taken many shapes. Nevertheless, certai n techniq ues
continually recur, and certain themes are timeless. Pol itics,
the mismanagement of men by other men, has always been a
target of'Satire' said Swift 'is a sort of glass, wherein beholders
do generally discover everybody's face but their own' . Over
the past twenty-four centuries the mirror of satirical literature
has itself taken many shapes. Nevertheless, certai n techniq ues
continually recur, and certain themes are timeless. Pol itics,
the mismanagement of men by other men, has always been a
target of satire, as has the war between sexes. The universality
of satire is proved by the high development of lampoon and
travesty even among primitive peoples; its long roots and its
variety are shown by the persistence of allegory, fable,
aphorism and other satirical genres in literature.
Professor Hodgart analyses satire at some of its most effective
moments in Western literature from Aristophanes to Brecht.
His analysis is augmented by a selection of prints and
cartoons to show the similarities and differences between the
literary and visual media of satire.
Matthew Hodgart is Professor of English at the University
of Sussex. His interests include both classical and modern
literature. He has written books on Joyce, Samuel Johnson
and the ballad.
With 14 colour and 49 black and white photographs
The cover illustration by Bruno Paul appeared originally in
Simplicissimus (1904)...more

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