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By Roger D. Lund

Arguing for the significance of wit past its use as a literary gadget, Roger D. Lund outlines the method wherein writers in recovery and eighteenth-century England struggled to outline a suitable position for wit within the public sphere. He strains its unpredictable results in works of philosophy, non secular pamphlets, and criminal writing and examines what occurs whilst literary wit is intentionally used to undermine the judgment of people and to destabilize proven associations of church and kingdom. starting with a dialogue of wit's organization with deception, Lund means that suspicion of wit and the mind's eye emerges in assaults at the recovery degree, within the persecution of The Craftsman, and in feedback directed at Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan and works via writers just like the Earl of Shaftesbury, Thomas Woolston, and Thomas Paine. Anxieties approximately wit, Lund exhibits, have been partly liable for makes an attempt to suppress new communal venues comparable to espresso homes and golf equipment and for the Church's condemnation of the seditious pamphlets made attainable through the lapse of the Licensing Act in 1695. eventually, the establishment's conviction that wit, ridicule, satire, and innuendo are subversive rhetorical types is obviously at play in makes an attempt to exploit libel trials to translate the terror of wit as a metaphorical transgression of public decorum into a precise violation of the civil code.

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