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Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions

Catherine Keane


In his sixteen Satires, the Roman poet Juvenal explores the emotional provocations and pleasures associated with social criticism and mockery, drawing on a diverse array of Greco-Roman treatments of the emotions. Juvenal defines the satirist figure as an emotional agent who dramatizes his own response to human vices and faults and aims to engage other people’s feelings in turn. He adopts a series of rhetorical personae that represent a spectrum of satiric emotions, encouraging his audience to ponder satire’s proper emotional mode and function. After first offering his signature “indignation” w ... More

Keywords: Juvenal, satire, Roman, persona, social criticism, mockery, emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199981892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199981892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Keane, author
Washington University in St. Louis