Satire And The Threat Of Speech: Horace's Satires, Book 1

Hardcover | January 3, 2006

byCatherine M. Schlegel

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In his first book of Satires, written in the late, violent days of the Roman republic, Horace exposes satiric speech as a tool of power and domination. Using critical theories from classics, speech act theory, and others, Catherine Schlegel argues that Horace's acute poetic observation of hostile speech provides insights into the operations of verbal control that are relevant to his time and to ours. She demonstrates that though Horace is forced by his political circumstances to develop a new, unthreatening style of satire, his poems contain a challenge to our most profound habits of violence, hierarchy, and domination. Focusing on the relationships between speaker and audience and between old and new style, Schlegel examines the internal conflicts of a notoriously difficult text. This exciting contribution to the field of Horatian studies will be of interest to classicists as well as other scholars interested in the genre of satire.

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In his first book of Satires, written in the late, violent days of the Roman republic, Horace exposes satiric speech as a tool of power and domination. Using critical theories from classics, speech act theory, and others, Catherine Schlegel argues that Horace's acute poetic observation of hostile speech provides insights into the opera...

Catherine Schlegel is associate professor of classics at Notre Dame.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:198 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 3, 2006Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299209504

ISBN - 13:9780299209506

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“Catherine Schlegel brings an uncommon critical acumen to bear on the vexed issue of the scope and rhetorical function of Horace’s satiric voice.”—Gregson Davis, Duke University