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Satiric Modernism$
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Kevin Rulo

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979893

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979893.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Satiric Modernism
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Kevin Rulo

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781949979893.003.0001

The introduction considers satire’s role of mediation between modernism and an ever-shifting modernity. This satiric mediation can be characterized as “antimodern” according to Antoine Compagnon’s use of the term: a paradoxically ambivalent, modernizing critique of modernity. Combative rhetorics, including satire, play a key role in antimodern expression. Several key characteristics of modernist satiric practice encountered in the individual chapters are reviewed, including anti-humanist classicism, travesty, caricature, invective, typing, and the ludic. The introduction situates the argument of the book within a new and growing conversation around satire’s importance to modernism. The book makes a distinctive contribution to this new work, which is focused primarily on marginal and late modernisms, by drawing from a larger temporal and geographical scope in order to show how modernism is shaped centrally by satire from its beginnings to the contemporary moment.

Keywords:   Antoine Compagnon, antimodern, ambivalence, anti-humanist classicism, travesty, caricature, invective, typing, ludic

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