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Most all contributors to these collections are professors of English literature in U.S. and British universities. Serious students of literature at the high school level will get some idea of how literature is studied and discussed by reading these books in the Greenhaven Literary Companion series. Most of these works of literature are in fact assigned at the high school level and students are expected to read, discuss, and understand them. The Taming of the Shrew, of course, invites discussion of marriage and feminism. Silas Mariner holds such themes as redemption and morality. A Portrait of the Artist... demands attention to Joyce's literary technique and style. Gulliver's Travels discusses satire and parody. A Christmas Carol is considered as allegory, with religious themes. These are the kinds of essays (about 15-20) in each volume. Teachers certainly will use these to prepare for class discussion and assignments. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Greenhaven, 192p, 99-047985, bibliog, index, 23cm, $14.96. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
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Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Introduction 10
Jonathan Swift: A Biography 12
Characters and Plot 31
Chapter 1 Background to Gulliver's Travels
1. An Introduction to Satire 41
2. Swift's World 51
3. The Enthusiastic Reception of Gulliver's Travels 57
4. Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe 65
5. Swift's Satire of English Politics 76
Chapter 2 Theme and Technique in Gulliver's Travels
1. The Failure of Language in Gulliver's Travels 82
2. The Frailty of Human Beings in Gulliver's Travels 91
3. Gulliver Is an Unreliable Narrator 96
4. Swift's Technique of Reducing Men to Machines Enhances the Satire 100
5. Gulliver's Travels Parodies First-Person Memoirs 105
6. Lagado: Swift's Satire of Scientific Knowledge 110
Chapter 3 Gulliver's Four Voyages
1. Size as Metaphor in Lilliput 116
2. Size and Social Values in Brobdingnag 123
3. Lilliput and Brobdingnag: Swift's Experiment in Optics 134
4. Hopeless Worlds: The Third Voyage 141
5. The Limitations of the Houyhnhnms 147
Chapter 4 Reactions and Continuing Relevance
1. In Defense of Jonathan Swift 155
2. Gulliver's Travels Is the Product of a Sick Mind 160
3. Swift's Unhappy Utopia 166
4. Reading Gulliver's Travels as a Child and as an Adult 174
Chronology 181
For Further Research 184
Index 186
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