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Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, and Connection to Strangers

George Hoffmann

Abstract

Satire has recently re-emerged as a potent political tool, but it has played many different roles in the past. French reformers waged massive satire campaigns in the sixteenth century to little or no political effect and, even, to their own disadvantage. Satiric forms nevertheless flourished because they fulfilled a devotional purpose. By portraying themselves as lonely travelers passing through the strange and exotic lands of Catholic custom, French reformers found a way to flesh out imaginatively the Pauline injunction to live in the world but not as part of it. The spiritual alienation cult ... More

Keywords: Reformation, satire, Frenchness, spiritual alienation, defamiliarization, religious foreignness, polemic, controversial literature, religious humor, legal profession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808763.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Hoffmann, author
Professor of French, University of Michigan