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Cannibals and Catholics: Reading the Reading of Evelyn Waugh's Black Mischief

Cannibals and Catholics: Reading the Reading of Evelyn Waugh's Black Mischief <jats:p> Jonathan Greenberg (Montclair State University) explores satire's unstable dynamic of enjoyment and identification, one always threatening to careen out of the author's control. As an example of this instability, Greenberg offers the messy public debate in which Waugh attempted to defend himself from the Catholic press's charge that his novel “Black Mischief” was an immoral book, and Greenberg uses this debate as a point of departure to explore satire's dialectical nature: the structural inextricability of morality and sadistic pleasure, outrage and amusement, anger and blasé indifference. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Cannibals and Catholics: Reading the Reading of Evelyn Waugh's Black Mischief

Modernist Cultures , Volume 2 (2): 115 – Oct 1, 2006

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press, 2010
ISSN
2041-1022
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1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/E2041102209000239
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Abstract

<jats:p> Jonathan Greenberg (Montclair State University) explores satire's unstable dynamic of enjoyment and identification, one always threatening to careen out of the author's control. As an example of this instability, Greenberg offers the messy public debate in which Waugh attempted to defend himself from the Catholic press's charge that his novel “Black Mischief” was an immoral book, and Greenberg uses this debate as a point of departure to explore satire's dialectical nature: the structural inextricability of morality and sadistic pleasure, outrage and amusement, anger and blasé indifference. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2006

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