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Scholar's bedlam : Menippean satire in the Renaissance / W. Scott Blanchard

Main Author Blanchard, W. Scott Country Reino Unido. Publication Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, cop. 1995 Description 205 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-8387-5281-0 CDU 82.0
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This study acknowledges the influence of certain classical authors, especially Lucian, on the revival of Menippean form in the Renaissance, and also seeks to explain the popularity of the Menippean satire by other means. Among the works discussed are Rabelais's Tiers livre, Nashe's Lenten Stuff, and Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy.

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New and worthy in this genre study of Menippean satire are its keen analyses of countercultural activity among the humanists of the quattrocento and its brief discussions of Agrippa von Nettsheim and Justus Lipsius in the next century. These are judiciously cited in graceful translations from the Latin by the author (College Misericordia). Selected vernacular works by Rabelais and Thomas Nashe are also associated with the Menippean genre, defined as "intellectual satire" and located within "the aesthetic of the grotesque." Robert Burton's "antihumanist" The Anatomy of Melancholy (1893) is included for "its sheer giantism" and monstrous imagery. Theoretical difficulties arise, however, in the first chapter and conclusion, where the author fails to reconcile his definition with highly selective gleanings from discrete theories of the grotesque proposed by Bakhtin and others, including Geoffrey Galt Harpham (not "Gregory") and Wolfgang Kayser (not "Walter"). Misnomers recur not only in the text but also in the index, notes, and bibliography (where Ben Jonson's editor Percy Simpson is misnamed "Perry"). Nevertheless, if duly cautioned, graduates and researchers should find value in these astute insights into the skeptical "Other Renaissance." F. K. Barasch; CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College

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