Satire and Secrecy in English Literature from 1650 to 1750

Authors: Rabb, M.

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This book revises assumptions about satire as a public, masculine discourse derived from classical precedents, in order to develop theoretical and critical paradigms that accommodate women, popular culture, and postmodern theories of language as a potentially aggressive, injurious act. Although Habermas places satirists like Swift and Pope in the public sphere, this book investigates their participation in clandestine strategies of attack in a world understood to be harboring dangerous secrets. Authors of anonymous pamphlets as well as major figures including Behn, Dryden, Manley, Swift, and Pope, share at times what Swift called the writer's "life by stealth."

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Melinda Alliker Rabb is Associate Professor of English and American Literatures and Language at Brown University.

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"The significance of Satire and Secrecy would be in its suggestion of an explanatory/critical model for reading post-Augustan satire that brings a conception of secrecy (with its various employment of gossip, slander, secret history, and so on) into the picture as a key satiric strategy. Rabb's view of satiric secrecy would open up doors of understanding for numerous texts. Her study, provocatively and broadly contemplates a conceptual revision of the public/private divide." - Ruben Quintero, California State University, Los Angeles


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Satire and Secrecy in English Literature from 1650 to 1750
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Melinda Alliker Rabb
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60997-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230609976
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8434-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53991-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 235
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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