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English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702.

By: Love, Harold.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, UK, 2004Description: 1 online resource (442 p.).ISBN: 9780191514500.Subject(s): English literature | English poetry | English wit and humor | Verse satire, EnglishGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702DDC classification: 821.070904 | 827.4 LOC classification: PR545.S25L68 2004Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Abbreviations; A Note on Texts and Citations; 1 Origins and Models; 2 The Court Lampoon; 3 The Town Lampoon; 4 State Satire; 5 Lampoon Authorship; 6 The Lampoon as Gossip; 7 A Poetics of the Lampoon; 8 Transmission and Reception; Appendix: First-Line Index to Selected Anthologies of Clandestine Satire; Select Bibliography; Index
Summary: When late seventeenth-century readers wanted to inform themselves about happenings at the centres of power and fashion they had no newspapers or gossip columns to fall back on. Instead they turned to lampoons - frank, malicious, and often highly indecent accounts in verse of the real or fabricated goings on of the court and ruling elite. Harold Love presents the first comprehensive account of the thousands of lampoons and more serious `state poems'' that survive from Restoration. England and their impact on the life of the nation and the literary practice of satire. - ;In early modern Britain, the primary medium of free comment was the clandestine satire, circulated either orally or in manuscript. Part of the national political culture from Jacobean times, satire reached its greatest influence following the Restoration of Charles II, when a new ''easy'' style, combining courtly polish with demotic frankness and flagrant indecency, led to the composition of thousands of such poems. Most of the poets of the time, including such major talents as. Marvell and Rochester, wrote in the genre, though nearly always anonymously. While its chief targets were political, much Restoration satire concerned itself with the emerging demography of ''Town'' and its uncertain experimentation with new kinds of social freedom. Attacks on the sexual misbehaviour (real. or imagined) of aristocratic women hover, equally uncertainly, between moral condemnation and ill-disguised envy, while also conferring an inverse celebrity status on their victims. In this paradoxical social world, not to be lampooned could mean that one was no longer a person of importance. In the first comprehensive survey of this vast field, Harold Love considers the relationship of the lampoon to gossip, how one might construct a poetics of the genre, and how clandestine satire reached and was received by its readers. Constructing three primary categories of ''court'', ''Town'' and ''state'' lampooning, Love argues that far from being the product of isolated disaffection, most satire was the work of a circle of recognized poets, frequently operating in collaboration. An extensive. first-line index to the principal manuscript sources for clandestine satire makes this book an open sesame to further exploration of its fascinating field. - ;Here is one of the most important books on Restoration poetry to have been written...a rich book, often surprising, stimulating thought, and useful on every page. - Howard Erskine-Hill, The Review of English Studies, Vol. 58, No. 234;The huge strength of English Clandestine Satire is that it wears its learning so lightly as to make this book essential both for the scholar or student new to the field and for those already more familiar with it. - Early Modern Literary Studies;A paean to almost forgotten virtues - TLS
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Contents; Abbreviations; A Note on Texts and Citations; 1 Origins and Models; 2 The Court Lampoon; 3 The Town Lampoon; 4 State Satire; 5 Lampoon Authorship; 6 The Lampoon as Gossip; 7 A Poetics of the Lampoon; 8 Transmission and Reception; Appendix: First-Line Index to Selected Anthologies of Clandestine Satire; Select Bibliography; Index

When late seventeenth-century readers wanted to inform themselves about happenings at the centres of power and fashion they had no newspapers or gossip columns to fall back on. Instead they turned to lampoons - frank, malicious, and often highly indecent accounts in verse of the real or fabricated goings on of the court and ruling elite. Harold Love presents the first comprehensive account of the thousands of lampoons and more serious `state poems'' that survive from Restoration. England and their impact on the life of the nation and the literary practice of satire. - ;In early modern Britain, the primary medium of free comment was the clandestine satire, circulated either orally or in manuscript. Part of the national political culture from Jacobean times, satire reached its greatest influence following the Restoration of Charles II, when a new ''easy'' style, combining courtly polish with demotic frankness and flagrant indecency, led to the composition of thousands of such poems. Most of the poets of the time, including such major talents as. Marvell and Rochester, wrote in the genre, though nearly always anonymously. While its chief targets were political, much Restoration satire concerned itself with the emerging demography of ''Town'' and its uncertain experimentation with new kinds of social freedom. Attacks on the sexual misbehaviour (real. or imagined) of aristocratic women hover, equally uncertainly, between moral condemnation and ill-disguised envy, while also conferring an inverse celebrity status on their victims. In this paradoxical social world, not to be lampooned could mean that one was no longer a person of importance. In the first comprehensive survey of this vast field, Harold Love considers the relationship of the lampoon to gossip, how one might construct a poetics of the genre, and how clandestine satire reached and was received by its readers. Constructing three primary categories of ''court'', ''Town'' and ''state'' lampooning, Love argues that far from being the product of isolated disaffection, most satire was the work of a circle of recognized poets, frequently operating in collaboration. An extensive. first-line index to the principal manuscript sources for clandestine satire makes this book an open sesame to further exploration of its fascinating field. - ;Here is one of the most important books on Restoration poetry to have been written...a rich book, often surprising, stimulating thought, and useful on every page. - Howard Erskine-Hill, The Review of English Studies, Vol. 58, No. 234;The huge strength of English Clandestine Satire is that it wears its learning so lightly as to make this book essential both for the scholar or student new to the field and for those already more familiar with it. - Early Modern Literary Studies;A paean to almost forgotten virtues - TLS

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Love (Monash Univ. and author of Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England, 1993) offers an illuminating study of 17th-century English lampoon. Writing these cruel, and typically extremely coarse, satires of the famous and powerful was one way for an individual to become recognized as a "wit" in both the courtly setting and the developing world of the town. Most lampoons were amateur verse, crude but effective, that relayed political and religious hostilities, no more civilized forum for expression of such thoughts then being available. Love demonstrates the literary importance of some clandestine satire by major poets, and he questions the exclusion from critical discussion of certain works, for example those by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, and by Andrew Marvell. This discussion affords Love opportunity to examine the social, sexual, political, and poetic behaviors of the era, including the earliest manifestations of the coffee-house sphere, which would become so important in the 18th century. The author also proffers a poetics of the lampoon, questioning whether and to what extent lampoons by amateur poets can be considered as literature. A first-line index to selected anthologies of clandestine satire is included as an appendix. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. G. Shivel University of Miami

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