Gilbert Highet - Anatomy of Satire. PDF

PDF A well-built book if you're interested in or studying the history of satire and satirical pieces from the romans to the second world war. Some remarks from the author on contemporary events are a tad dated and even surprising for a 2013 reader, but the analysis and interpretation of texts remains clear and I found a good third of the book to be quote material.
The range of texts under study is wide enough to cover most of western satirical writing, with some chapters containing clear definitions and differenciation of concepts, giving the opportunity to follow or challenge them in further work. Also, useful shelling out of the mechanisms of satire, not too complicated or too theoretical.
A good way to start on the subject before delving deeper into the intricacies of satire and irony.

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