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Satiric inheritance : Rabelais to Sterne / Michael Seidel.


Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1979] .
ISBN 0691064083

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Subjects Inheritance and succession in literature.
Rabelais, François, approximately 1490-1553?.
Satire -- Histoire et critique.
Satire -- History and criticism.
Satire.
Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768.
Successions et héritages en littérature.
Description xiv, 283 pages ; 23 cm
Copyright Date [1979]
©1979
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-274) and index.
Summary In Satiric Inheritance: from Rabelais to Sterne Seidel sets out to undermine the ethical rationalizations for satiric action, which make the satirist a spokesman for those eager to claim moral hegemony in any given age. Most criticism of satire separates the satirist from the object of his scorn, and allies him with the rational humanism that scholars have considered their own. This alliance enables the scholar to speak both for himself and the satirist, to accuse and to exonerate with an authority which only those possessed of a bogus moral monopoly can claim. In place of the "all too easy answers about the nature of satiric action" (p. 3), Seidel substitutes the discomfiting knowledge that "the satirist is deeply implicated in satire's degenerative fictions precisely because he thrives as the chronicler of degenerative norms" (p. 4). As a result, "the satirist, having taken on a kind of monstrosity as his subject, makes something of a monster of himself" (pages 3). -- from http://www.jstor.org (June 13, 2014).
Contents chapter 1. The satiric dispensation -- chapter 2. Inheritance and narrative mode -- chapter 3. The revisionary inheritance: Rabelais and Cervantes -- chapter 4. The internecine romance: Butler's Hudibras -- chapter 5. A house divided: Marvell's Last instructions and Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel -- chapter 6. Fathers and sons: Swift's A tale of a tub -- chapter 7. Strange dispositions: Swift's Gulliver's travels -- chapter 8. Things unborn: Pope's The rape of the lock and The Dunciad -- chapter 9. Gravity's inheritable line: Sterne's Tristam shandy.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)5028957
(OCoLC)ocm05028957
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WorldCat Identities Seidel, Michael, 1943-
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