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The voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants....
The voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants.
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|About the Series|
|About This Volume|
|Pt. 1||Gulliver's Travels: The Complete Text|
|Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts||3|
|The Complete Text||27|
|Pt. 2||Gulliver's Travels: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism|
|A Critical History of Gulliver's Travels||269|
|Feminist Criticism and Gulliver's Travels||305|
|What Is Feminist Criticism?||305|
|Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography||312|
|A Feminist Perspective: Gulliver's Malice: Gender and the Satiric Stance||318|
|The New Historicism and Gulliver's Travels||335|
|What Is the New Historicism?||335|
|The New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography||344|
|A New Historicist Perspective: History, Narrativity, and Swift's Project to "Mend the World"||348|
|Deconstruction and Gulliver's Travels||366|
|What Is Deconstruction?||366|
|Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography||375|
|A Deconstructionist Perspective: Why the Houyhnhnms Don't Write: Swift, Satire, and the Fear of the Text||379|
|Reader-Response Criticism and Gulliver's Travels||396|
|What Is Reader-Response Criticism?||396|
|Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography||404|
|A Reader-Response Perspective: Performance as Response in Swift's Gulliver's Travels||408|
|Psychoanalytic Criticism and Gulliver's Travels||425|
|What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?||425|
|Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography||437|
|A Psychoanalytic Perspective: Violence and the Maternal: Swift, Psychoanalysis, and the 1720s||442|
|Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms||465|
|About the Contributors||479|
Posted April 12, 2013
Before I ever started school, my father read Gulliver's Travels to me (the first two voyages and in German). This time it was a class assignment at the Life Long Learning Society of CNU. Reading the unabridged version in its original language made me see the the book in a totally different light. This time I recognized the satire imbedded in the stories and I was amazed how little has changed in politics and amongst the powerful.
I highly recommend the book even when the 18th century English is a bit difficult to read
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