Subversion and Scurrility (Hardcover)

by Dermot Cavanagh (Editor), Tim Kirk (Editor)


Subversion and Scurrility coverMembers of the research group collaborated with colleagues in English on this volume, that presents case studies of subversive discourse in European history, from the early modern period to the present day.

A collection of 12 essays which examine a range of illicit or subversive discourses in European societies from the 16th century to the present. The contributors look at a variety of modes of popular expression, including anonymous speech (rumour, gossip, scandal and threats), slander and defamation, political literature and theatre, popular humour, "anti-propaganda" (prints, posters, cartoons and graffiti). The principal focus of the book is the responses of popular opinion to political events. Topics range from the reshaping of belief during the Reformation to popular responses to state propaganda in 20th-century dictatorships.

Sins of the mouth: signs of subversion in medieval English cycle plays
Lynn Forest Hill, Southampton University
Skelton and scurrility
Dermot Cavanagh, University of Northumbria
Rumours and risings: plebian insurrection and the circulation of subversive discourse around 1597
Nick Cox, Leeds Metropolitan University
The verse libel: popular satire in early modern England
Andrew McRae, University of Exeter
To 'scourge the arse/Jove's marrow so had wasted': scurrility and the subversion of sodomy
James Knowles, University of Stirling
Anticlerical slander in the English Civil War: John White's 'First Century of Scandalous and Malignant Priests'
James Rigney, University of Cambridge
His Praeludiary Weapons: mocking Colonel Hewson before and after the Restoration
Neil Durkin, Amnesty International
Innuendo and inheritance: strategies of scurrility in medieval and Renaissance Venice
Alexander Cowan, University of Northumbria
The last Austrian-Turkish war (1788-91) and public opinion in Vienna
Gerhard Ammerer, University of Salzburg
Surrealist blasphemy
Malcolm Gee, University of Northumbria
Subversion and squirrility in Irvine Welsh's shorter fiction
Willy Maley, University of Glasgow
Ashgate (7 Jul 2000)