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Author Justman, Stewart.

Title The springs of liberty : the satiric tradition and freedom of speech / Stewart Justmann.

Published Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  827.009358 JUST    AVAILABLE
Physical description 154 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Rethinking theory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Chaucer and the Rehearsal of Voices -- 2. Addison: Satire and Civility -- 3. Swift: The Priority of Satire -- 4. Interlude: Satire and Modern Political Argument -- 5. The Addisonian Line: Jane Austen -- 6. Dickens and Satiric Excess: Little Dorrit -- 7. Trollope and the Moderation of Satire -- 8. Ulysses: The Art of Surfeit -- 9. Orwell: The Return to Origins.
Summary "The Springs of Liberty takes up questions of literary history and theory and explores sources of power harnessed by modern political doctrines and the journalism that conveys them to the public. These forces of opinion are traced to a tradition deeper and older than either: satire. In that tradition - its power, diversity, and license - the author locates the spirit of free speech." "Justman considers satire not as a genre but as a potential available to different genres. He contrasts a line of English literature critical of journalism - writers such as Addison, Austen, and Trollope - with another less mannerly, represented by writers who exploded the stock formulas of which so much journalism is made, a line running from Swift through Dickens to Joyce and Orwell. Discussed too is the exploitation of the power of satire in political doctrine."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Satire, English -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History.
Political satire, English -- History and criticism.
Freedom of speech -- Great Britain -- History.
Liberty in literature.
Variant Title Liberty
ISBN 081011710X
081011710X (alk. paper)