The Resource Figuring genre in Roman satire, Catherine Keane

Figuring genre in Roman satire, Catherine Keane

Label
Figuring genre in Roman satire
Title
Figuring genre in Roman satire
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Keane
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Satirists are social critics, but they are also products of society. Horace, Persius, and Juvenal, the verse satirists of ancient Rome, exploit this double identity to produce their colorful commentaries on social life and behavior. In a fresh comparative study that combines literary and cultural analysis, Catherine Keane reveals how the satirists create such a vivid and incisive portrayal of the Roman social world. Throughout the tradition, the narrating satirist figure does not observe human behavior from a distance, but adopts a range of charged social roles to gain access to his subject matter. In his mission to entertain and moralize, he poses alternately as a theatrical performer and a spectator, a perpetrator and victim of violence, a jurist and criminal, a teacher and student. In these roles, the satirist conducts penetrating analyses of Rome's definitive social practices "from the inside." Satire's reputation as the quintessential Roman genre is thus even more justified than previously recognized. As literary artists and social commentators, the satirists rival the grandest authors of the classical canon. They teach their ancient and modern readers two important lessons.; First, satire reveals the inherent fragilities and complications, as well as acknowledging the benefits, of Roman society's most treasured institutions. The satiric perspective deepens our understanding of Roman ideologies and their fault lines. As the poets show, no system of judgment, punishment, entertainment, or social organization is without its flaws and failures. At the same time, readers are encouraged to view the satiric genre itself as a composite of these systems, loaded with cultural meaning and highly imperfect. The satirist who functions as both subject and critic, trains his readers to develop a critical perspective on every kind of authority, including his own
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Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
871/.070901
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6056
LC item number
.K37 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
American classical studies
Series volume
v. 50
Label
Figuring genre in Roman satire, Catherine Keane
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-174) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The theatrics of satire -- Satiric attack -- Satire and the law -- Teaching satire -- Conclusion : observing Romans
Control code
ocm65178167
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (182 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195183306
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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.b21930417
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)65178167
  • ebsco0195183304
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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