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date: 16 September 2019

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This chapter disputes the notion that city satire is exclusively a metropolitan—London—form of writing, arguing that it was also a cultural form, a disposition, a way of thinking, available to all manner of late eighteenth-century people including the two working-class, provincial writers considered here. Two workers—a domestic servant and a stocking maker—raise questions about the uses of satire in class analysis and about satire’s audiences and satire’s users. The chapter is also an argument with the many eighteenth-century commentators who told historians that they should have no doings with satire.

Keywords: working-class writing, trip-through-town, history writing, Tom and Jerry, provinces

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