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|II.||Self-Knowledge and Routinization||6|
|III.||Familiarity and Contempt||21|
|IV.||Deception, Subversion, and Manipulation||40|
|V.||Objectivity and Subjectivity||53|
|VI.||Summary and Conclusions||70|
|Definition of Terms||77|
|Index of Names||91|
|Index of Subjects||95|
Posted March 21, 2001
This book is a must have for scholars and students alike. John Murray examines Swift's narrative within the context of recent social constructionist theory. Murray discusses the ideas of behavioral and ideological conformity in literature and society by setting up a paradigm for examining psychological stages of socialization. I have to admit that I have read quite a few scholarly works on Swift and found them leaving me with more questions than answers. Murray's book answers my questions thoroughly and provides insight on contemporary social theory. There is also a valuable bibliography in the book that should be of some help to students seeking reference material.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2001
In this study, John Murray examines Gulliver's Travels within the context of recent social constructionist theory. Murray evaluates the social and psychological implications of brainwashing within the context of the narrative. His thesis challenges popular theories of behavioral and ideological conformity by concluding that in spite of being socialized within the host-societies, Gulliver's decisions are his own. Gulliver's self-knowledge enables him to navigate an alternative field of choices at his own discretion, choices which, as Murray suggests 'differ from the expectations of his hosts, and which contradict the idea that he has been successfully brainwashed.' Murray's study is a valuable contribution to a growing corpus of modernist readings of Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Readers of Murray's lucid study will come away with a renewed appreciation and understanding of this literary classic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2001
I am a graduate student at Columbia University. I recently researched a collection of critical works on Swift and found myself reading the same ideas over and over again. Murray's thesis is probing and insightful, and puts a new spin on a classic work of literature. The bibliography is well researched and served as a valuable reference in helping me structure my own paper.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.