By Ruben Quintero
This number of twenty-nine unique essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the present.
- Tracks satire from its first appearances within the prophetic books of the previous testomony in the course of the Renaissance and the English culture in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical motion picture Fahrenheit 9/11.
- Highlights the real effect of the Bible within the literary and cultural improvement of Western satire.
- Focused normally on significant classical and ecu affects on and works of English satire, but additionally explores the advanced and fertile cultural cross-semination in the culture of literary satire.
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A companion to satire : ancient to modern by Ruben Quintero