By Theodore Draper
Satire takes as its topic the absurdity of humans, their societies, and the associations they convey. for hundreds of years, satirists themselves, students, critics, and psychologists have speculated in regards to the satirist's purposes for writing, temperament, and position in society. The conclusions they've got reached are often contradictory, occasionally complementary, occasionally outlandish. during this quantity, Leonard Feinberg brings jointly the most important theories in regards to the satirist, to supply in a single publication a precis of the issues that experts have tested intensively in several books and articles.
In half 1, Feinberg examines the foremost theories in regards to the motivation of the satirist, after which proposes that "adjustment" comes so much heavily to answering this question. In his view, the satirist resolves his ambivalent relation to society via a playfully serious distortion of the typical. The character of the satirist, the it sounds as if paradoxical components of his nature, the matter of why such a lot of nice humorists are unhappy males, and the contributions of psychoanalysts are explored partially 2, the place Feinberg contends that the satirist isn't really as irregular as he has occasionally been made to appear, and that if he's a neurotic he stocks characteristics of emotional or social alienation with many others. half three explores the ideals of satirists and their relation to the surroundings during which they functionality, relatively within the contexts of politics, faith, and philosophy. Feinberg stresses the ubiquity of the satirist and means that there are a very good many folks with satiric temperaments who fail to realize literary expression.
Ranging with amazing breadth, either old and geographical, The Satirist serves as either an creation to the topic and a necessary quantity for students. Brian A. Connery's creation presents an summary of Feinberg's occupation and situates the amount within the highbrow currents within which it was once written.
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