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The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Kirk Freudenburg

The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Kirk Freudenburg (Editor)

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Published: 28th July 2005
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Satire as a distinct genre of writing was first developed by the Romans in the second century BCE. Regarded by them as uniquely 'their own', satire held a special place in the Roman imagination as the one genre that could address the problems of city life from the perspective of a 'real Roman'. In this Cambridge Companion an international team of scholars provides a stimulating introduction to Roman satire's core practitioners and practices, placing them within the contexts of Greco-Roman literary and political history. Besides addressing basic questions of authors, content, and form, the volume looks to the question of what satire 'does' within the world of Greco-Roman social exchanges, and goes on to treat the genre's further development, reception, and translation in Elizabethan England and beyond. Included are studies of the prosimetric, 'Menippean' satires that would become the models of Rabelais, Erasmus, More, and (narrative satire's crowning jewel) Swift.

'Satire, perhaps more than any other genre, needs these companions, as it is a long, winding, branching road that sometimes blurs into obscurity. ... the writings pull no punches, are often in the vernacular, and are direct in speech like satire itself. ... this volume proves to be a worthy companion. Each author hands the traveller on to the next author, never isolating the reader but always providing connections by which to find a way back and to make the current scenery familiar.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'When travelling a long and varied road from its murky beginnings to its uncertain end one hopes for knowledgeable and interesting companions to lead one through the mud, side roads, and indiscernible paths. The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire provides such companions ... [the book's] scope is huge. Many of the writings are general and basic enough for the novice adventurer while others ... are specific and innovative enough for the specialist or seasoned traveller. In general, the writings pull no punches, are often in the vernacular, and are direct in speech like Satire itself ... The restless companion: Horace: Satires 1 and 2 by Emily Gowers ... masterfully provides a basic framework within which to understand better Horace and his writings ... Cucchiarelli has taken a very dense, confusing author [Persius] and explained lucidly the reasons for his difficulty ... Citation and authority in Seneca's Apocolocyntosis by Ellen O'Gorman. This is one of the most titillating chapters in the corpus ... Late arrivals: Julian and Boethius ... This essay is very well written by the leading authority in this area and assumes ... that most of us have not read ... these texts and certainly never fully appreciated the satiric elements in them ... this volume proves to be a worthy companion. Each author hands the traveller on to the next author, never isolating the reader but always providing connections by which to find a way back and to make the current scenery familiar.' Martha Habash, Creighton University 'The internationality is delightful for still, far too rarely, do researchers coming from different linguistic areas meet in satire studies ... a reliable guide and comprehensive introduction to the subject.' Arctos 'Students of satire will be glad to have this new volume in their hands. It should inspire the field to push still further, so that the genre is fully recognized as an important donor to literature and culture ...' Journal of Roman Studies

Notes on contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Notes on editions and abbreviationsp. xv
Introduction: Roman satirep. 1
Satire as literature
Rome's first "satirists": themes and genre in Ennius and Luciliusp. 33
The restless companion: Horace, Satires 1 and 2p. 48
Speaking from silence: the Stoic paradoxes of Persiusp. 62
The poor man's feast: Juvenalp. 81
Citation and authority in Seneca's Apocolocyntosisp. 95
Late arrivals: Julian and Boethiusp. 109
Epic allusion in Roman satirep. 123
Sleeping with the enemy: satire and philosophyp. 146
The satiric maze: Petronius, satire, and the novelp. 160
Satire as social discourse
Satire as aristocratic playp. 177
Satire in a ritual contextp. 192
Satire and the poet: the body as self-referential symbolp. 207
The libidinal rhetoric of satirep. 224
Beyond Rome: satire in English letters
Roman satire in the sixteenth centuryp. 243
Alluding to satire: Rochester, Dryden, and othersp. 261
The Horatian and the Juvenalesque in English lettersp. 284
The "presence" of Roman satire: modern receptions and their interpretative implicationsp. 299
Conclusion: The turnaround: a volume retrospect on Roman satiresp. 309
Key dates for the study of Roman satirep. 319
Bibliographyp. 323
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ISBN: 9780521006279
ISBN-10: 0521006279
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 28th July 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.59