Author/s: Jane Ogborn and Peter Buckroyd
The purpose of satire is to expose human hypocrisy, vice and folly, and because these aspects of human behaviour are not particular to any one historical period, satires can be understood by readers at any moment in time.
This book explores the social and political circumstances to deepen that understanding.
Text extracts are included from Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Lord Byron, E.E. Cummings and Evelyn Waugh.
- Each title includes a wide-ranging yet carefully levelled introductory discussion of a literary period, genre or theme, to provide students with an excellent introduction to an area of literature.
- Helps students to address the new assessment objective 4 ('demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received') - worth up to 35% of the A level qualification under new guidelines.
- Discussion questions and end-of-section tasks offer an invaluable resource for self study as well as helpful exam preparation.
- A mini-anthology of texts and extracts saves teachers time searching for appropriate 'wider reading' texts.