Satire and the Law in the Eighteenth Century.

01 September 2019 → Ongoing
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Other languages and literary studies not elsewhere classified
Satire, press freedom, law, literature, caricature
Project description

This project studies how the law shaped both verbal and visual satire published in England during its "Golden Age" (1660-1740) and across the "long" 18th century (1660-1840). The project will focus on the prosecution of satirists and their publishers and track how these trials and the debates
surrounding them fundamentally influenced both the growth and public perception of press freedom.