Ancient Menippean Satire

Although the term Menippean satire was never used in antiquity to name a distinct literary genre (the term was coined in the sixteenth century), it has come to describe a vast body of world literature - from Erasmus and the humanists to Rabelais and Swift, from Moby Dick to Alice in Wonderland and Ulysses. The term is invoked to explain the origins of the modern novel and to categorize forms of prose fiction that are not essentially novelistic. But until now, no book has explored the full range of ancient Menippean satire ...

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