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This collection of twenty-nine original essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the present.
- Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic books of the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the English tradition in satire to Michael Moores satirical movie Fahrenheit 9/11.
- Highlights the important influence of the Bible in the literary and cultural development of Western satire.
- Focused mainly on major classical and European influences on and works of English satire, but also explores the complex and fertile cultural cross-semination within the tradition of literary satire.
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