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Less Rightly Said: Scandals and Readers in Sixteenth-Century France

Antonia Szabari


Well-known scholars and poets living in sixteenth-century France, including Erasmus, Ronsard, Calvin, and Rabelais, promoted elite satire that “corrected vices” but “spared the person” —yet this period, torn apart by religious differences, also saw the rise of a much cruder, personal satire that aimed at converting readers to its ideological, religious, and, increasingly, political ideas. By focusing on popular pamphlets along with more canonical works, this book shows that the satirists did not simply renounce the moral ideal of elite, humanist scholarship, but rather transmitted and manipula ... More

Keywords: sixteenth-century France, satire, satirists, scholarship, printing, reading, invectives, dissensus, scandals, French society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804762922
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antonia Szabari, author