Changing satire

Transformations and continuities in Europe, 1600-1830

Edited by Cecilia Rosengren, Per Sivefors and Rikard Wingård

Changing satire


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4611-3
  • Pages: 448
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: April 2022
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature, History, Early Modern Literature, Early Modern History, 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799, 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800, Social & cultural history, History of ideas, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Georgian Era (1714-1837), HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Stuart Era (1603-1714), LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General, Europe, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • Series: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies


This edited collection brings together literary scholars and art historians, and maps how satire became a less genre-driven and increasingly visual medium in the seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. Changing satire demonstrates how satire proliferated in various formats, and discusses a wide range of material from canonical authors like Swift to little known manuscript sources and prints. As the book emphasises, satire was a frame of reference for well-known authors and artists ranging from Milton to Bernini and Goya. It was moreover a broad European phenomenon: while the book focuses on English satire, it also considers France, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain, and discusses how satirical texts and artwork could move between countries and languages. In its wide sweep across time and formats, Changing satire brings out the importance that satire had as a transgressor of borders.


Introduction - Cecilia Rosengren, Per Sivefors and Rikard Wingård
1 The politics of formal verse satire, 1598-1808: Juvenal, Boileau, Johnson and Cottreau - Howard D. Weinbrot
2 Anglo-Latin satiric verse in the long seventeenth century - Victoria Moul
3 Satire between the eaters and the meat: value and indifference before and in Donne's Metempsychosis - Luke Wilson
4 Transcending boundaries: Rachel Speght's instructive use of satire in A Mouzell for Melastomus - Mike Nolan
5 Milton among the satirists - David Currell
6 Petronius' Satyricon in the seventeenth century: satire, eloquence and anti-Jesuitism - Corinna Onelli
7 Behind the mask: social satire in Bernini's caricatures and comedies - Joris van Gastel
8 'More expensive of their powder, than of their lead': fops, theatre and the late Stuart military - Máire MacNeill
9 The visual and the verbal: the intermediality of English satire, c. 1695-1750 - Andrew Benjamin Bricker
10 Aesop, intermediality and graphic satire, c. 1740 - Kate Grandjouan
11 Typesetting the borders: satire as a mediator in post-revolutionary Europe - Camilla Murgia
12 The interconnections of satire and censorship in Goya's prints and drawings - Reva Wolf
13 Jumping the broom: a common-law wedding custom's bristling visual satires - Lizzie Marx


Cecilia Rosengren is Associate Professor of History of Ideas and Science at the University of Gothenburg

Per Sivefors is Associate Professor of English Literature at Linnaeus University

Rikard Wingård is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Gothenburg

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