Swift As Priest and Satirist [NOOK Book]

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One of the most tendentious and enduring questions of Swift scholarship concerns his faith. What did Swift believe? Was his career in the Church primarily a means of political and social advancement? Did Swift subscribe to a coherent theology, or were his beliefs simply expedient? How did the turbulent streams of eighteenth-century Anglican and Protestant theologies influence Swift's satiric vision? In the light of recent work on his tenure in the Church of Ireland, this volume presents a timely critical ...
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Swift As Priest and Satirist

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Overview

One of the most tendentious and enduring questions of Swift scholarship concerns his faith. What did Swift believe? Was his career in the Church primarily a means of political and social advancement? Did Swift subscribe to a coherent theology, or were his beliefs simply expedient? How did the turbulent streams of eighteenth-century Anglican and Protestant theologies influence Swift's satiric vision? In the light of recent work on his tenure in the Church of Ireland, this volume presents a timely critical appraisal of Swift's role as a priest vis-a-vis his identity as one of the Enlightenment's premier satirists. The essays in this volume cover four broad categories: (1) Essays that historicize his relationship to the Church of Ireland and to the bruising world of eighteenth-century theological discourse in general. (2) Essays that examine how Swift represents religious figures and controversies in his poetry and prose, including a A Tale of a Tub. (3) Essays that theorize the relationships between religious and literary genres. (4) Essays that articulate the links between Swift's satires and contemporary religious, philosophical, and scientific discourse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936249473
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 1st
  • File size: 472 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction Todd C. Parker Parker, Todd C. 13

Certainty and Irony in Swift: Faith and the Indeterminate Robert Mahony Mahony, Robert 37

"The Idlest Trifling Stuff That Ever Was Writ," or, Why Swift Hated His Sermons Todd C. Parker Parker, Todd C. 58

"Wild Work in the World": The Church, the Public Sphere, and Swift's Abstract of Collins's Discourse Brian A. Connery Connery, Brian A. 72

Swift and the Rabble Reformation: A Tale of a Tub and the State of the Church in the 1690s Christopher Fox Fox, Christopher 102

A Tale of a Tub and the Great Debate over Substance, with Regard to Sacrament, Church, and Nature Anne B. Gardiner Gardiner, Anne B. 123

Pastures and Masters: Swift the Pastor and the Politics of Pastoral James Ward Ward, James 147

Swift's Idea of Christian Community Daniel Lupton Lupton, Daniel 164

Swift and Religion: Notes Toward a Psychoanalytic Interpretation Louise K. Barnett Barnett, Louise K. 182

"in the mean time": Jonathan Swift, Francis Bacon, and Georgie Struggle John Shanahan Shanahan, John 193

Concise Bibliography 215

Notes on Contributors 218

Index 220

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