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English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702$
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Harold Love

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199255610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255610.001.0001

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The Town Lampoon

The Town Lampoon

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English Clandestine Satire, 1660-1702


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This chapter focuses on the Town lampoon. While the Town lampoon and the court lampoon use a similar verse manner to attack many of the same members of the ruling elite, there is usually little problem in categorizing particular works as being written from a court or a Town perspective. A court satire is of the court, courtly: it is written for a court readership about court concerns of status, factional striving for power, and corporate style. It arises from a sense of the special identity of the court as a community and sets out to reinforce that community’s sense of exclusiveness. A Town satire speaks to a new social formation which was still in the process of fashioning its identity.

Keywords:   Town lampoon, court readership, exclusiveness, social formation

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