Eighteenth Century

Plus ça change

Satire has been used by writers, poets, and playwrights for millennia as a way to make incisive social commentary while also entertaining a mass audience. Generally speaking, satire can be classified as “Horatian” satire (named after the Roman poet Horace) or “Juvenalian” satire (after the Roman poet Juvenal). Horatian satire comes from a place of … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century

The West Indies

The term West Indies refers to what are better known today as the islands of the Caribbean, encompassing three major geographic subdivisions: the Greater Antilles (the large islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico), the Lesser Antilles (a group of much smaller islands including the Virgin Islands, Barbados, Grenada, Anguilla, and others), and the … Continue reading