Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels: A Sourcebook

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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) ranks as one of the most biting satires of British and European society ever published. Since first publication, reactions to the book have varied from delight to disgust, but Swift's powerful treatment of the issues of power, morality, colonisation, social conventions and human nature seldom fails to engage and challenge his readers.

Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Swift's controversial novel offers: extensive ...

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Overview

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) ranks as one of the most biting satires of British and European society ever published. Since first publication, reactions to the book have varied from delight to disgust, but Swift's powerful treatment of the issues of power, morality, colonisation, social conventions and human nature seldom fails to engage and challenge his readers.

Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Swift's controversial novel offers: extensive introductory comment on the contexts and many interpretations of the text, from publication to the present, annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews, critical works and the text itself, cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism, suggestions for further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415700214
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xiv
Annotations and Footnotes     xv
Acknowledgements     xvi
Introduction     1
Contexts
Contextual Overview     5
Chronology     20
Contemporary Documents     25
Letters to and from Jonathan Swift     25
From Swift to Alexander Pope (29 September 1725)     25
From 'Richard Sympson' to Benjamin Motte (8 August 1726)     26
From John Arbuthnot to Swift (5 November 1726)     26
From Alexander Pope to Swift (16 November 1726)     27
From John Gay to Swift (17 November 1726)     28
From Swift to Alexander Pope ([27] November 1726)     29
From Charles Ford to Benjamin Motte (3 January 1727)     29
Sources, Influences and Imitations     29
From Lucian, A True Story (c. 80 AD)     29
From Cyrano de Bergerac, Histoire de la lune. In English: A Comical History of the States and Empires of the Worlds in the Moon and the Sun (1687)     31
From Gabriel de Foigny, A New Discouery of Terra Incognita Australis, or the Southern World (1693)     31
From Samuel Sturmy, The Mariner's Magazine (1669)     32
From William Dampier, A New Voyage Round the World (1697)     32
From William Symson, A NewVoyage to the East Indies (1715)     33
From Alexander Pope, 'Of the Secession of Martinus, and Some Hint of His Travels' (1741)     33
From Thomas Sprat, The History of the Royal Society of London for the Improving of Natural Knowledge (1667)     34
From Robert Hooke, 'An Account of a Dog Dissected' (1667)     35
From Nathanael St. Andre, 'An Account of an Extraordinary Effect of the Cholick'(1717)     35
From Porphyry, Isagoge (1697)     36
From [Anon.] A Trip to Ireland, Being a Description of the Country (1699)     36
From Edward Tyson, Orang-Outang, Sive Homo Sylvestris (1699)     37
From George Louis Leclerc Buffon, Buffon's Natural History (1792)     38
From Paul de Rapin-Thoyras, The History of Whig and Tory (1723) 38 From (Anon.) A Letter from a Clergyman to His Friend: With an Account of the Travels of Capt. Lemuel Gulliver (1726)     39
From Alexander Pope, Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver (1727)     40
From Captain Samuel Brunt, A Voyage to Cacklogallinia (1727)     42
Interpretations
Critical History     45
Early Critical Reception     64
From John Boyle, Fifth Earl of Orrery, Remarks on the Life and Writing of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's Dublin (1752)     64
From Patrick Delany, Observations upon Lord Orrery's Remarks on the Life and Writings of Dr. Jonathan Swift (1754)     65
From Edward Young, Conjectures on Original Composition in a Letter to the Author of Sir Charles Grandison (1759)     65
From Thomas Sheridan, The Life of the Reverend Jonathan Swift (1784)     66
From William Makepeace Thackeray, 'Swift' (1853)     67
From James Beattie, 'Essays on Poetry and Music as They Affect the Mind' (1776)     68
From James Beattie, 'On Fable and Romance' (1783)     69
From James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Of the Origin and Progress of Language (1786)     69
From Sir Walter Scott, 'The Life of Swift' (1824)     70
Modern Criticism     72
From William Freedman, 'Swift's Struldbruggs, Progress, and the Analogy of History' (1995)     72
From Dennis Todd, 'The Hairy Maid at the Harpsichord: Some Speculations on the Meaning of Gulliver's Travels' (1992)     76
From Clarence Tracy, 'The Unity of Gulliver's Travels' (1962)     79
From Frank Brady, 'Vexations and Diversions: Three Problems in Gulliver's Travels' (1978)     81
From Laura Brown, 'Reading Race and Gender: Jonathan Swift' (1990)     84
From Samuel Holt Monk, 'The Pride of Lemuel Gulliver' (1955) 89 From C. J. Rawson, Gulliver and the Gentle Reader: Studies in Swift and Our Time (1973)     93
From Robert Phiddian, 'A Hopeless Project: Gulliver Inside the Language of Science in Book III' (1998)     98
From Terry J. Castle, 'Why the Houyhnhnms Don't Write: Swift, Satire and the Fear of the Text' (1980)     102
From J. A. Downie, Jonathan Swift, Political Writer (1984)     106
Key Passages
Introduction     115
Summary of Key Passages     116
Key Passages     120
A Letter from Capt. Gulliver to his Cousin Sympson     120
A Voyage to Lilliput     122
A Voyage to Brobdingnag     135
A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan     149
A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms     164
Further Reading
Editions and Texts     187
Biographies     188
Essay Collections     188
Critical Histories and Casebooks     188
Book-Length Studies and Individual Essays     189
Index     193
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