Ridicule Religion and the Politics of Wit in Augustan England

Author: Professor Roger D Lund
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409479260
Release Date: 2013-05-28
Genre: Literary Criticism

Arguing for the importance of wit beyond its use as a literary device, Roger D. Lund outlines the process by which writers in Restoration and eighteenth-century England struggled to define an appropriate role for wit in the public sphere. He traces its unpredictable effects in works of philosophy, religious pamphlets, and legal writing and examines what happens when literary wit is deliberately used to undermine the judgment of individuals and to destabilize established institutions of church and state. Beginning with a discussion of wit's association with deception, Lund suggests that suspicion of wit and the imagination emerges in attacks on the Restoration stage, in the persecution of The Craftsman, and in criticism directed at Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan and works by writers like the Earl of Shaftesbury, Thomas Woolston, and Thomas Paine. Anxieties about wit, Lund shows, were in part responsible for attempts to suppress new communal venues such as coffee houses and clubs and for the Church's condemnation of the seditious pamphlets made possible by the lapse of the Licensing Act in 1695. Finally, the establishment's conviction that wit, ridicule, satire, and innuendo are subversive rhetorical forms is glaringly at play in attempts to use libel trials to translate the fear of wit as a metaphorical transgression of public decorum into an actual violation of the civil code.

The Rhetoric of Diversion in English Literature and Culture 1690 1760

Author: Darryl P. Domingo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316558911
Release Date: 2016-03-29
Genre: Literary Criticism

Why did eighteenth-century writers employ digression as a literary form of diversion, and how did their readers come to enjoy linguistic and textual devices that self-consciously disrupt the reading experience? Darryl P. Domingo answers these questions through an examination of the formative period in the commercialization of leisure in England, and the coincidental coming of age of literary self-consciousness in works published between approximately 1690 and 1760. During this period, commercial entertainers tested out new ways of gratifying a public increasingly eager for amusement, while professional writers explored the rhetorical possibilities of intrusion, obstruction, and interruption through their characteristic use of devices like digression. Such devices adopt similar forms and fulfil similar functions in literature as do diversions in culture: they 'unbend the mind' and reveal the complex reciprocity between commercialized leisure and commercial literature in the age of Swift, Pope, and Fielding.

Ridiculous Critics

Author: Philip Smallwood
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9781611486155
Release Date: 2014-09-16
Genre: Literary Criticism

Ridiculous Critics offers an outline of eighteenth-century literary criticism that undermines its stuffy reputation. This history highlights the contempt, jocularity, irony, and buffoonery that also make up its critical spirit, with passages from critics, poets, novelists, and literary commentators celebrated and obscure.

Loyal Subversion

Author: Anorthe Kremers
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 9783647301679
Release Date: 2014-05-14
Genre: Fiction

The political constellation of the personal union between England and Hanover, lasting for 123 years, with the figure of a foreign king as a mediator between two separate states became a determining factor and was in itself a historical condition for the emergence and the development of caricatures in England after the Glorious Revolution. As a political weapon of the opposition and as an institution of public opinion, the caricatures affect the establishment: on the one hand, their visual potential is a threat to the sovereign, on the other they help to stabilize his leadership. The caricature thus overcomes the ban of showing the aristocratic decorum and makes contact with the problems repressed. Does the artistic become political? What contents are shown? Can we speak of an institutionalized form of political perception? Or is this visual criticism of the rulers in the end nothing more than a loyal subversion of their subjects?

National Union Catalog

ISBN: WISC:89015289382
Release Date: 1968
Genre: Union catalogs

Includes entries for maps and atlases.

The World Book Encyclopedia

ISBN: UOM:39015051610379
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

An encyclopedia designed especially to meet the needs of elementary, junior high, and senior high school students.

Moli re als Sprachkritiker in Les Pr cieuses Ridicules

Author: Raluca Bibescu
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783638796637
Release Date: 2007

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2002 im Fachbereich Romanistik - Franzosisch - Linguistik, Note: 2-, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf (Romanisches Seminar), Veranstaltung: Die franzosische Sprache im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: In dieser Arbeit uber Moliere als Sprachkritiker in seinem 1659 verfassten Werk Les Precieuses ridicules" wird zunachst auf den Inhalt des Werkes eingegangen. Ebenfalls spielen die Gesellschaft und die Gesellschaftsideale des siecle classique" eine wichtige Rolle fur diese Analyse, da zum Beispiel der honnete homme," der als Resultat der Verbindung aller positiven und edlen Eigenschaften galt. Ebenso stellen der bon usage," die Galanterie, der bon gout" und der bon sens" Faktoren dar, die als Schlagworte des 17. Jhds. nicht wegzudenken waren. Die Voraussetzungen der weiblichen Salonkultur trugen dazu bei, dass sich ein neues weibliches Selbstverstandnis und Selbstbewusstsein entwickelte. Der Hauptteil dieser Arbeit besteht aus der Analyse der Sprachkritik in dem Werk Les Precieuses ridicules" und der Wirkung des Stuckes auf die Preziosen der damaligen Zeit; ausserdem werden Beispiele der preziosen Sprache aufgefuhrt, die zum grossten Teil aus dem oben genannten Werk stammen, aber auch aus der Gemeinsprache der damaligen Zeit. Ein kurzer Teil der Arbeit befasst sich mit der Herkunft von Cathos und Magdelon und mit der Frage, ob sie ursprunglich von Moliere in Paris und nicht in der Provinz angesiedelt worden waren. Die allgemeine Kritik an Preziosen, die von Zeitgenossen geubt wurde, deckt sich mit der von Moliere geubten Kritik in Les Precieuses ridicules.""