Gulliver's Travels

ISBN-10: 0312066651

ISBN-13: 9780312066659

Edition: 1995

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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 11/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Apparently doomed to an obscure Anglican parsonage in Laracor, Ireland, even after he had written his anonymous masterpiece, A Tale of a Tub (c.1696), Swift turned a political mission to England from the Irish Protestant clergy into an avenue to prominence as the chief propagandist for the Tory government. His exhilaration at achieving importance in his forties appears engagingly in his Journal to Stella (1710--13), addressed to Esther Johnson, a young protegee for whom Swift felt more warmth than for anyone else in his long life. At the death of Queen Anne and the fall of the Tories in 1714, Swift became dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In Ireland, which he considered exile from a life of power and intellectual activity in London, Swift found time to defend his oppressed compatriots, sometimes in such contraband essays as his Drapier's Letters (1724), and sometimes in such short mordant pieces as the famous A Modest Proposal (1729); and there he wrote perhaps the greatest work of his time, Gulliver's Travels (1726). Using his characteristic device of the persona (a developed and sometimes satirized narrator, such as the anonymous hack writer of A Tale of a Tub or Isaac Bickerstaff in Predictions for the Ensuing Year, who exposes an astrologer), Swift created the hero Gulliver, who in the first instance stands for the bluff, decent, average Englishman and in the second, humanity in general. Gulliver is a full and powerful vision of a human being in a world in which violent passions, intellectual pride, and external chaos can degrade him or her---to animalism, in Swift's most horrifying images---but in which humans do have scope to act, guided by the Classical-Christian tradition. Gulliver's Travels has been an immensely successful children's book (although Swift did not care much for children), so widely popular through the world for its imagination, wit, fun, freshness, vigor, and narrative skill that its hero is in many languages a common proper noun. Perhaps as a consequence, its meaning has been the subject of continuing dispute, and its author has been called everything from sentimental to mad. Swift died in Dublin and was buried next to his beloved "Stella."

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Gulliver's Travels: The Complete Text
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [1965 Herbert Davis Edition, based on the Faulkner Edition of 1735]
Gulliver's Travels: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of Gulliver's Travels
Feminist Criticism and Gulliver's Travels
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Felicity A. Nussbaum, Gulliver's Malice: Gender and the Satiric Stance
New Historicism and Gulliver's Travels
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Carole Fabricant, History, Narrativity, and Swift's Project to "Mend the World"
Deconstruction and Gulliver's Travels
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstuctionist Perspective:
Terry Castle, Why the Houyhnhnms Don't Write: Swift, Satire, and the Fear of the Text
Reader-Response Criticism and Gulliver's Travels
What Is Reader-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Reader-Response Perspective:
Michael J. Conlon, Performance as Response in Swift's Gulliver's Travels
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Gulliver's Travels
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Carol Barash, Violence and the Maternal: Swift, Psychoanalysis, and the 1720s
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
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