Cutting Edges: Postmodern Critical Essays on Eighteenth-century Satire

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James E. Gill
Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1995 - 438 pagina's
The essays in Cutting Edges examine English satire of the eighteenth century from various theory-based postmodern perspectives. Some examine little-known works that postmodern concerns, such as the role of women and the problems of authorship, have rendered especially interesting; others reconsider familiar works in terms of the latest critical issues. The justification for these investigations is that both satire and postmodern methods are extremely skeptical and acutely aware that language is always ironic - always pointing to the gap between signifier and signified.
The approaches in this book include those associated with deconstruction, reception theory, Marxist criticism, the new historicism, and various feminist criticisms, and with such theorists as Derrida, Bakhtin, Goux, and Luhmann. While most of the major figures of eighteenth-century satire - Butler, Rochester, Swift, Pope, Gay, Fielding, Sterne, and Johnson - are represented here, so too are many other interesting writers - Thomas Shadwell, Fannie Burney, Mary Davys, and Elizabeth Hamilton, to name but a few.
 

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Comedy Satire or Farce? Or the Generic Difficulties
1
The Semiotics of Restoration Satire
23
The Case of Thomas Shadwell
43
Power Politics and the Press
59
Butler Swift Sterne
76
Sublimity and the Imagery
94
Satire and Scarcity in the 1690s
110
WoManley Satire and the Stage
127
Reading The Rape of the Lock
222
Augustan Semiosis
256
Skirmishes on
275
Pope the Idiocy of R Life
301
The Critique of Capitalism and the Retreat into Art
320
Tautology and Paradox
335
Maria Edgeworths Hibernian High Jinks
367
Elizabeth Hamiltons Modern Philosophers and
395

The Persona as Pretender and the Reader as Constitutional
159
Pharmakon Pharmakos and Aporetic Structure in Gullivers
181
Refusing Patriarchal
206
Contributors
419
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