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Swift's Travels: Eighteenth-Century Satire and its Legacy

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As the greatest satirist in the English language, Jonathan Swift was both admired and feared in his own time for the power of his writing, and hugely influential on writers who followed him. Swift transformed models such as utopian writing, political pamphleteering and social critique with his dark and uncompromising vision of the human condition, deepening the outlook of contemporaries such as Alexander Pope, and leaving a legacy of Swiftian satire in the work of Hogarth, Fielding, Austen and Beckett, among ...

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Overview

As the greatest satirist in the English language, Jonathan Swift was both admired and feared in his own time for the power of his writing, and hugely influential on writers who followed him. Swift transformed models such as utopian writing, political pamphleteering and social critique with his dark and uncompromising vision of the human condition, deepening the outlook of contemporaries such as Alexander Pope, and leaving a legacy of Swiftian satire in the work of Hogarth, Fielding, Austen and Beckett, among others. This collection of essays, with its distinguished list of international contributors, centres on Swift, the genres and authors who influenced him, and his impact on satire and satirists from his own time to the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521188678
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Hudson is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia.

Aaron Santesso is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part 1. Swift and his Antecedents; 1. Swiftian satire and the afterlife of allegory David Rosen and Aaron Santesso; 2. Swift, Leviathan and the persons of authors Jonathan Lamb; 3. Killing no murder: Jonathan Swift and the polemical tradition Ian Higgins; 4. Satirical Wells from Bath to Ballyspellan Harold Love; 5. Dryden and the invention of irony Steven N. Zwicker; Part 2. Swift and his Time: 6. Self, stuff and surface: the rhetoric of things in Swift's satire Barbara M. Benedict; 7. Swift's shapeshifting David Womersley; 8. Swift and the poetry of exile Pat Rogers; 9. Verses on the death of Dr Swift, reconsidered Howard Erskine-Hill; 10. Naming and shaming in the poetry of Pope and Swift, 1726–1745 James McLaverty; Part 3. Beyond Swift: 11. Pope and the evolution of social class Nicholas Hudson; 12. Fielding's satire and the Jestbook tradition: the case of Lord Justice Page Thomas Keymer; 13. Jane Austen: satirical historian Peter Sabor; 14. Austen's voices Jenny Davidson; 15. The hungry mouth: parody in Hogarth, Goya, and Domenico Tiepolo Ronald Paulson; 16. Beckett in the country of the Houyhnhnms: the inward turn of Swiftian satire Marjorie Perloff.

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