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Seeing satire in the eighteenth century

SVEC
Vol. No.
Vol. No.: 

2013:02

Volume editor(s)
Volume editor(s): 
Elizabeth C. Mansfield and Kelly Malone
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
2013
ISBN
ISBN: 
978-0-7294-1063-2
Pages
Pages: 
411
Price Sterling (£): 
65

About the Book

About the Book: 


A moment in history when verbal satire, caricature, and comic performance exerted unprecedented influence on society, the Enlightenment sustained a complex, though now practically invisible, culture of visual humor. In Seeing satire in the eighteenth century contributors recapture the unique energy of comic images in the works of key artists and authors whose satirical intentions have been obscured by time.


From a decoding of Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin’s Livre de caricatures as a titillating jibe at royal and courtly figures, a reinterpretation of the man’s muff as an emblem of foreignness, foppishness and impotence, a reappraisal of F. X. Messerschmidt’s sculpted heads as comic critiques of Lavater’s theories of physiognomy, to the press denigration of William Wilberforce’s abolitionist efforts, visual satire is shown to extend to all areas of society and culture across Europe and North America. By analysing the hidden meaning of these key works, contributors reveal how visual comedy both mediates and intensifies more serious social critique. The power of satire’s appeal to the eye was as clearly understood, and as widely exploited in the Enlightenment as it is today.


Includes over 80 illustrations.




Elizabeth C. Mansfield and Kelly Malone, Introduction: seeing satire in the Age of Reason


Emmanuel Schwartz, 1. Satire unmasked by reading


Eric Rosenberg, 2. The impossibility of painting: the satiric inevitability of John Singleton Copley’s Boy with a squirrel


Julie-Anne Plax, 3. Watteau’s witticisms: visual humor and sociability


Emily Richardson, 4. ‘Tu n’as pas tout vü !’: seeing satire in the Saint-Aubin Livre de caricatures


Melissa Lee Hyde, 5. Needling: embroidery and satire in the hands of Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin


Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, 6. ‘He is not dressed without a muff’: muffs, masculinity, and la mode in English satire


Trevor Burnard, 7. ‘A compound mongrel mixture’: racially coded humor, satire, and the denigration of white Creoles in the British Empire 1784-1834


Reva Wolf, 8. Seeing satire in the peepshow


Steven Minuk, 9. Swift’s satire of vision


Michael Yonan, 10. Messerschmidt, the Hogarth of sculpture


Katherine Mannheimer, 11. Anatomizing print’s perils: Augustan satire’s textual bodies


Marcus C. Levitt, 12. ‘Women’s wiles’ in Mikhail Chulkov’s The Comely cook


List of illustrations


Summaries


Bibliography


Index

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