The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift / Edition 1

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In addition to ensuring broad coverage of Jonathan Swift's writing by including early, as well as more well-known later works, this Companion offers access to current critical and theoretical issues concerning the author. Special emphasis is placed on Swift's problematic relationship with the land of his birth, Ireland, and on his place as a political writer in a highly politicized age.
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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: 9780521002837
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 825,653
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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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