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date: 16 September 2019

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This chapters looks at satire in the context of quarrelling. While a number of satires originate in quarrels, they can also become interventions in ongoing disputes, to the point of ending them. This chapter does not attempt to provide a historical overview of the numerous quarrels in which satires were involved, nor does it examine the infinite variety of satirical texts involved in quarrels: lampoons, libels, etc. Rather, this chapter attempts to delineate the intersections between satires and quarrels, looking in particular at the ways in which quarrels develop in satirical contexts. It further examines, through the consideration of two case studies, the quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns and Pope’s Dunciad, the intricate links between both, showing how satires, in particular of the Menippean tradition, sometimes rely on the structure of quarrels to develop sophisticated instances of ironical discourses.

Keywords: quarrel, Swift, Pope, Ancients and Moderns, satire

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