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date: 17 July 2019

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This article analyzes the works of three major satirists. The first section shows that Erasmus's Praise of Folly revives the sceptical quality of Menippean satirical form to cultivate toleration and to inhibit oppositional thinking. The second part considers the undoubted utility of satire for the much more single-minded purpose of polemic in Stephen Gosson's The School of Abuse. The third part returns to Nashe, the pre-eminent satirist of the period, and considers how the significance of his work derives from its undoubted polemical forcefulness, but also its double-sidedness.

Keywords: English prose, prose satire, satirists, Erasmus, Stephen Gosson

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