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Ridicule, religion and the politics of wit in Augustan England.


Ridicule, religion and the politics of wit in Augustan England.

Lund, Roger D.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


248 pages




Lund (English, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York) argues that literary wit emerged as a major genre during the 18th century at the same time as a public sphere emerged in which ideas and opinions were free from the authority of pulpit and censor. He discusses the bite of Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes and philosophic drollery, libertine wit and the Collier Stage controversy, the titans of wit, Shaftesbury and the gentility of wit, the trammels of Christian wit, and the hermeneutics of censorship and the crime of wit.

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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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