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The Body in Swift and Defoe
     

The Body in Swift and Defoe

by Carol Houlihan Flynn, Howard Erskine-Hill (Contribution by), John Richetti (Contribution by)
 

This extended study of the treatment of the physical, material nature of the human body in the works of Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe examines the role that literary invention (with its rhetorical and linguistic strategies) plays in expressing and exploring the problems of physicality. The book takes up a wide range of issues relating to the body such as

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This extended study of the treatment of the physical, material nature of the human body in the works of Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe examines the role that literary invention (with its rhetorical and linguistic strategies) plays in expressing and exploring the problems of physicality. The book takes up a wide range of issues relating to the body such as sexuality, cannibalism, scatology, and the fear of contagion. In an eclectic synthesis of recent critical approaches, Professor Flynn draws insight from biographical and psychoanalytic criticism as well as social history. Application of feminist theory offers an original and challenging discussion of renditions of female sexuality in both Defoe and Swift.

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"...Flynn is at her very best as cultural and literary critic: she enters eighteenth-century conflicts and shows us how they provide a social context for a wide body of literary and cultural texts." Carol Barash, Eighteenth-Century Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521382687
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought Series , #5
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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