Satire and Secrecy in English Literature 1650 to 1750
by Melinda Alliker Rabb (9781403984340)

Satire and Secrecy in English Literature 1650 to 1750

Melinda Alliker Rabb

Release Date: January 2008
Format: Hardback
Pages: 235
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9781403984340
ISBN-10: 1403984344

Rabb focuses on the leading satirists of the 17th and 18th century and analyzes their major bodies of work, such as Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" and Dryden's "Absalom and Achitophel". Rabb explores the work of these satirists through a new lens of gender and speech-act theory, employing critical work by Auden, Butler, and Felman towards the writing of the British Enlightenment and the cultural history of England at this time. Implicit in issues of speech dynamic and secrecy are gossip, slander, and libel that contribute to satire's discursive practice of irony. Rabb examines these facets and ramifications in terms of how this language is gendered and how to cope and understand the power strata it creates in society.This book will appeal to scholars and students in such fields of study as literary theory, the British Enlightenment, 18th century literature, British Literature, and gender studies. It develops a theory of satire that includes women writers and provides the postmodern reader with new critical tools with which to read ironic texts from the age of Swift and Pope.

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