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Scholars' bedlam : Menippean satire in the Renaissance, W. Scott Blanchard

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Scholars' bedlam : Menippean satire in the Renaissance
Title
Scholars' bedlam
Title remainder
Menippean satire in the Renaissance
Statement of responsibility
W. Scott Blanchard
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Scholars' Bedlam is a genre study of Menippean satire in the Renaissance. While the study acknowledges the influence of certain classical authors, especially Lucian, on the revival of the Menippean form in the Renaissance, it also seeks to explain the popularity of the Menippean satire by other means. The initial chapter establishes a theoretical framework for understanding the revival of the form, discussing Renaissance Menippean satire as a vehicle for the expression of cynical and skeptical positions and also as an outlet for expressing the discontent which humanist scholars experienced with their increasingly competitive profession. The first chapter also links the Menippean satire in its Renaissance incarnation with trends of skepticism, with the social ambition of the humanist intelligentsia, and with the aesthetic category of the grotesque
  • Using Bakhtin and other theorists, the author defines the form as a type of intellectual satire which has a number of recognizable features, despite its various incarnations as dream vision, mock encomium, parodic learned treatise, and mock epic. The form is discussed as one in which iconoclastic sentiments generally prevail and in which the satiric freedom to criticize cultural institutions is exercised
  • . The following four chapters examine representative Menippean satires. Chapter 2 examines the earliest Menippean satires in Italian humanism, most of which are not listed in Kirk's bibliography of Menippean satire. It also elicits two strains of the Menippean form: a purely academic form in the mock laus or university praelectio, and a more Lucianic form in the fictional satires of Pontano, Alberti, and Calcagnini. Chapter 3 focuses largely on Rabelais' Tiers Levre, though brief mention is made of Lipsius's Somnium, and Agrippa's De Vanitaie is discussed as a continuation of the encyclopedic tradition of Menippean satire originating in Italian humanism
  • Chapters 4 and 5 turn to England and examine Thomas Nashe and Robert Burton. Nashe's Lenten Stuff is examined as a satire which has a powerfully subversive political element in it, but which remains fundamentally intellectual in its use of the mock encomium to debunk the Elizabethan rage for allegorical poetics which characterized more prestigious literary forms. The final chapter discusses Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy as a culmination of the humanist rewriting of the Menippean form, a merging of the form's tendency toward encyclopedism with the parodic traditions associated with the mock encomium. Burton's work is seen in great part as a skeptical mock summa whose purpose appears to be the undermining of humanistic dependence on textual authority
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1955-
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Blanchard, W. Scott
Index
index present
LC call number
PN6149.S2
LC item number
B53 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Satire
  • European literature
  • European literature
  • Satire
  • Menippea
  • Rezeption
  • Satire
  • Geschichte 1450-1600
Label
Scholars' bedlam : Menippean satire in the Renaissance, W. Scott Blanchard
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-200) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. The Form of Formlessness: Menippean Satire, Skepticism, and the Grotesque -- 2. Scholars' Bedlam: The Menippean Form in Italian Humanism -- 3. Rabelais and the Comic Encyclopedia in the Sixteenth Century -- 4. Nashe: The Wrong Stuff -- 5. Sacra Profanis: Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy -- 6. Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
205 pages
Isbn
9780838752814
Lccn
94019757
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30783134
  • (OCoLC)ocm30783134
Label
Scholars' bedlam : Menippean satire in the Renaissance, W. Scott Blanchard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-200) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Form of Formlessness: Menippean Satire, Skepticism, and the Grotesque -- 2. Scholars' Bedlam: The Menippean Form in Italian Humanism -- 3. Rabelais and the Comic Encyclopedia in the Sixteenth Century -- 4. Nashe: The Wrong Stuff -- 5. Sacra Profanis: Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy -- 6. Conclusion
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
205 pages
Isbn
9780838752814
Lccn
94019757
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30783134
  • (OCoLC)ocm30783134

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