Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0618084916
ISBN-13: 9780618084913
Edition: 2004
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Description: This volume helps readers situate one of the most popular adventure novels ever written, Gulliver's Travels, within the 18th-century process of inventing and resisting Great Britain. Ideas of nationalismboth Irish and Britishare questioned and  More...

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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 8/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

This volume helps readers situate one of the most popular adventure novels ever written, Gulliver's Travels, within the 18th-century process of inventing and resisting Great Britain. Ideas of nationalismboth Irish and Britishare questioned and explored. Gulliver's Travels is interpreted as a critique of British colonial aggression, and has special appeal for courses in British literature and Irish studies. Supplemental materials include additional writings by Swift, such as pamphlets (including the famous "A Modest Proposal"), sermons, poems, and letters. A wealth of critical essays adds further context.

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."

About This Series Gulliver's Travels: Colonial Modernity Satirized
A Note on the Texts
Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings Gulliver's Travels
A Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture
The Drapier's First Letter to the Shopkeepers, Tradesmen, Farmers, and Coommon People of Ireland Letter
To the Whole People of Ireland
A Short View of the State of Ireland
A Modest Proposal Swift's Poems "
An Excellent New Song on a Seditious Pamphlet" "
The Bubble" "Prometheus" "Whitshed's Motto on His Coach" "Holyhead
September 25, 1727" "Irel[an]d" "
The Dean to Himself on St. Cecilia's Day" "
A Libel on D[r.] D[elaney] and a Certain Great Lord" "Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D." Correspondence Swift to Charles Ford, "
Declaratory Act and South Sea Bubble," 4 April 1720
Swift to Sir Thomas Hanmer, "Printer Prosecuted," 1 October 1720
Swift to Alexander Pope, "
Political Principles," 10 January 1721
Swift to Charles Ford, "Printer Prosecuted," 15 April 1721
Swift to Alexander Pope, 'Security of Mind," 20 September 1723
Swift to Charles Ford, "The Name of a Drapier," 2 April 1724
Swift to the Earl of Oxford, "Important to Themselves," 27 November 1724
Swift to Charles Ford, "Teased at Whitehal," 11 March 17241725
Swift to Lord Carteret, "Patronage," 3 July 1725
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Vexing the World," 29 September 1725
Swift to Alexander Pope, "It Is Vous Autres," 26 November 1725
Swift to the Earl of Peterborough, "Meeting with Walpole," 28 April 1726
Swift to Mrs. Howard, "Wearing Irish Wool," October 1726
Swift to Mrs. Howard, "Mercenary Yahoo," 27 November 1726
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Improbable Lies," 27 November 1726
Swift to Esther Johnson, "'The Prince of Lilliput' to 'Stella,'" 11 March 17261727
Swift to John Wheldon, "Longitude," 27 September 1727
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Stranger in a Strange Land," 11 August 1729
Swift to Alexander Pope, "Dublin's Anti-Catholicism," 2 May 1730
Swift to the Countess of Suffolk, "A Dose to the Dead," 26 October 1731
Swift to Mary Pendarves [Delany], "Sociable Evenings," 6 August 1733
Eighteenth-Century Contexts
From Voyages and Descriptions and A New Voyage Round the World
From The Political Anatomy of Ireland
Reasons Humbly offer'd to both Houses of Parliament
For a Law to Enact the Castration, or Gelding of Popish Ecclesiastics, in This Kingdom, as the best way to Prevent the Growth of Popery
The Declaratory Act III. Criticis

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