God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1945

God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1945

by Claude Rawson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198184255

ISBN-13: 9780198184256

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

We are obsessed with "barbarians." They are the "not us," who don't speak our language, or "any language," whom we despise, fear, invade and kill; for whom we feel compassion, or admiration, and an intense sexual interest; whose innocence or vigor we aspire to, and who have an extraordinary influence on the comportment, and even modes

Overview

We are obsessed with "barbarians." They are the "not us," who don't speak our language, or "any language," whom we despise, fear, invade and kill; for whom we feel compassion, or admiration, and an intense sexual interest; whose innocence or vigor we aspire to, and who have an extraordinary influence on the comportment, and even modes of dress, of our civilized metropolitan lives; whom we often outdo in the barbarism we impute to them; and whose suspected resemblance to us haunts our introspections and imaginings. This book looks afresh at how we have confronted the idea of "barbarism," in ourselves and others, from the conquest of the Americas to the Nazi Holocaust, through the voices of many writers, including Montaigne, Swift and Shaw.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198184256
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Texts and Editions Used
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Indians and Irish
2. The Savage with Hanging Breasts: Gulliver, Female Yahoos, and 'Racism'
3. Killing the Poor: An Anglo-Irish Theme?
4. God, Gulliver, and Genocide
Endnotes
List of Works Cited
Index

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