Imperial Satire as Saturnalia

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Persius and Juvenal
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781405199650
StatePublished - 21 Sep 2012


  • Ancient Saturnalia, one of the many ancestors of medieval carnivalesque tradition
  • Bakhtin's opus, to systematic rejection, approval, and rehabilitation
  • Bakhtin, central to a modern study of satire, with focus on the grotesque
  • Carnival as festive "decrowning" of authority in degradation, liberating plurality of voices
  • Imperial satire as Saturnalia, the irony of satire deployed as a notion of winter without end
  • Literary satire, not the Saturnalia, Persius/Juvenal's satire deploying imagery in ways
  • Rabelais and His World, shifting to role of mockery/bodily degradation
  • Roman satire founded on transgression, the self as autonomous/self-contained unity
  • Satire, a discourse that is, as Horace says, perceived as an assault
  • Saturnalia, utopian element and a moment of degradation, to promise of renewal

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