The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift [NOOK Book]

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The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift is a specially commissioned collection of essays. Arranged thematically across a range of topics, this 2003 volume will deepen and extend the enjoyment and understanding of Jonathan Swift for students and scholars. The thirteen essays explore crucial dimensions of Swift's life and works. As well as ensuring a broad coverage of Swift's writing - including early and later works as well as the better known and the lesser known - the Companion also offers a way into current ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift

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Overview

The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift is a specially commissioned collection of essays. Arranged thematically across a range of topics, this 2003 volume will deepen and extend the enjoyment and understanding of Jonathan Swift for students and scholars. The thirteen essays explore crucial dimensions of Swift's life and works. As well as ensuring a broad coverage of Swift's writing - including early and later works as well as the better known and the lesser known - the Companion also offers a way into current critical and theoretical issues surrounding the author. Special emphasis is placed on Swift's vexed relationship with the land of his birth, Ireland; and on his place as a political writer in a highly politicised age. The Companion offers a lucid introduction to these and other issues, and raises questions about Swift and his world. The volume features a detailed chronology and a guide to further reading.
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"It is good to recover the complexity of Swift's attitude toward language and style, his penchant for verbal extremism and violence, and his exploitation of ambiguity and instability . . ." Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

"Although commentary on Swift is copious, few recent works are aimed at the beginner, so this volume should be welcome to many." Choice

"The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift is an excellent introduction to Swift and Swift studies that not only offers reliable information about the man, his life, and his works, but also deftly reveals the enduring issues that continue to preoccupy Swift's readers." - Eighteenth Century Fiction, J.A. Downie, Goldsmiths College, London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816533
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,080,052
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Fox is Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is the author of Locke and the Scriblerians: Identity and Consciousness in Early Eighteenth-Century Britain.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Chronology of Swift's life
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Swift's life 14
2 Politics and history 31
3 Swift the Irishman 48
4 Swift's reading 73
5 Swift and women 87
6 Swift's satire and parody 112
7 Swift on money and economics 128
8 Language and style 146
9 Swift and religion 161
10 Swift the poet 177
11 A Tale of a Tub and early prose 202
12 Gulliver's Travels and the later writings 216
13 Classic Swift 241
Bibliography 256
Subject index 266
Title index 280
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