The Cambridge companion to Roman satire /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Freudenburg, Kirk, 1961-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Editor Freudenburg (classics, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; author of Satires of Rome, 2001) coordinates an international collection of articles by some 20 hands, a mixture ranging from research in the traditional sense to postmodern literary criticism. Part 1 ("Satire as Literature") treats origins and authors: "Menippean" and other antecedents; Ennius; Lucilius; Varro; Horace; Persius; Petronius; Juvenal; Seneca; Lucian (as influence); and, arrestingly, Julian the Apostate and Boethius. Part 2 ("Satire as Social Discourse") deals with aristocratic and other "poses," ritual context, and the Freudian libido. Part 3 ("Satire in English Letters"), perhaps the most informative section, follows Roman satire's "reception" in English literature in the 16th through 20th centuries. Each piece offers suggestions for further reading (repeated in the full bibliography at the end) and footnotes. Since the articles generally assume a thorough knowledge of Latin and the authors explored, and ready familiarity with at least some of the secondary scholarship, it is unclear for what audiences the book is intended as a "companion." ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Useful for specialists and graduate students in Roman satire and comparative literature; not for undergraduates or Latinless general readers. C. J. Zabrowski Gettysburg College

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