Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1972

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Abstract

When asked if his works were satiric, Evelyn Waugh promptly replied, "No. Satire is a matter of period. It flourishes in a stable society and pre-supposes homogeneous moral standards--the early Roman Empire and 18th-Century Europe. It is aimed at inconsistency and hypocrisy. It exposes polite cruelty and folly by exaggerating them. All this has no place in the Century of the Common Man where vice no longer pays lip service to virtue." In spite of his ardent denial, Waugh was a highly articulate satirist. Referring to Waugh's comment, Paul Doyle has noted that "in its way this is Waugh's most satiric utterance and is just about the most genuinely telling and meaningful satiric attack upon contemporary manners and existence that could be stated."

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5582

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Jane Elizabeth Neff

Language

en

Date Available

April 27, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

52 pages

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