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Christopher Smart and satire [electronic resource] : 'Mary Midnight' and the Midwife /
Min Wild.
imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2008.
description
231 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0754661938 (alk. paper), 9780754661931 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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author
imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2008.
isbn
0754661938 (alk. paper)
9780754661931 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Personal identity and personae in the eighteenth-century periodical -- 'The jakes of genius' : the nature of the Midwife -- A 'terrible old lady' : the persona of 'Mary Midnight' -- 'A perfect Swiss in writing' : literature and authorship in the Midwife -- 'Inwardly working a stirre to the mynde' : political satire in the Midwife -- The 'kind juggler' : social satire and enlightenment in the Midwife.
catalogue key
11350364
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-217) and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
Min Wild explores the idiosyncratic world of satire in the eighteenth-century periodical, focusing on Christopher Smart's underexplored Midwife, or Old Woman's Magazine. In analysing Smart's adoption of a peculiarly female persona, 'Mary Midnight', Wild reveals a learned and ribald wit satirically engaging with questions of gender, politics, and culture. Wild also offers insight into the difficult position in which eighteenth-century writers found themselves as ideas on the nature of authorship were being transformed
Long Description
Christopher Smart and Satire explores the lively and idiosyncratic world of satire in the eighteenth-century periodical, focusing on the way that writers adopted personae to engage with debates taking place during the British Enlightenment. Taking Christopher Smart's audacious and hitherto underexplored Midwife, or Old Woman's Magazine (1750-1753) as her primary source, Min Wild provides a rich examination of the prizewinning Cambridge poet's adoption of the bizarre, sardonic 'Mary Midnight' as his alter-ego. Her analysis provides insights into the difficult position in which eighteenth-century writers were placed, as ideas regarding the nature and functions of authorship were gradually being transformed. At the same time, Wild also demonstrates that Smart's use of 'Mary Midnight' is part of a tradition of learned wit, having an established history and characterized by identifiable satirical and rhetorical techniques.Wild's engagement with her exuberant source materials establishes the skill and ingenuity of Smart's often undervalued, multilayered prose satire. As she explores Smart's use of a peculiarly female voice, Wild offers us a picture of an ingenious and ribald wit whose satirical overview of society explores, overturns, and anatomises questions of gender, politics, and scientific and literary endeavors.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Min Wild explores the lively and idiosyncratic world of satire in the 18th-century periodical, focusing on the way that writers adopted personae to engage with debates taking place during the British Enlightenment. She takes Christopher Smart's underexplored 'Midwife' as her primary source.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Personal identity and personae in the 18th-century periodical
'The jakes of genius': the nature of the Midwife
A 'terrible old lady': the persona of 'Mary Midnight'
'A perfect Swiss in writing': literature and authorship in the Midwife
'Inwardly working a stirre to the mynde': political satire in the Midwife
The 'kind juggler': social satire and enlightenment in the Midwife
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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