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Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift
English and Irish Perspectives


Claude Rawson, Ian Higgins, Mark Goldie, Paul Langford, Valerie Rumbold, James McLaverty, Helen Deutsch, David Womersley, D. W. Hayton, Sean Connolly, Robert Mahony
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  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521190152

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  • Jonathan Swift was the most influential political commentator of his time, in both England and Ireland. His writings are a major source for historians of the eighteenth century, as well as including some of the greatest works of satire in verse and prose. This volume presents wide-ranging new perspectives on Swift's literary and political achievement in its English and Irish contexts, bringing together some of the most energetic current scholarship on the subject in both historical and literary studies. The essays consider Swift's attitude to Dissenters, his relationship with Walpole, and his place in, and understanding of, the political demography of colonial Ireland. They also examine Swift's poems and pamphlets, and his hoaxes and satires, showing his extraordinary versatility in a wide variety of genres. Full of original insights, this volume offers a rich and important new treatment of Swift's central role in eighteenth-century political and literary culture.

    • A genuinely interdisciplinary volume of literary and historical essays
    • The volume's editor and the contributors are the world's most respected Swift scholars
    • Pays particular attention to Swift's lesser-known poems and political writings
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    'Politics and Literature is illuminated by rich essays from distinguished scholars.' Charles A. Knight, The Scriblerian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521190152
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Claude Rawson
    Part I. The Political Swift 1 (England):
    1. Jonathan Swift's political confession Ian Higgins
    2. Situating Swift's politics in 1701 Mark Goldie
    3. Swift and Walpole Paul Langford
    Part II. The Writer and His World:
    4. Burying the fanatic partridge: Swift's Holy Week hoax Valerie Rumbold
    5. Swift and the art of political publication: hints and title pages, 1711–14 James McLaverty
    6. Swift's poetics of friendship Helen Deutsch
    7. 'Now deaf 1740': entrapment, foreboding, and exorcism in late Swift David Womersley
    8. Savage indignation revisited: Swift, Yeats, and the 'cry' of liberty Claude Rawson
    Part III. The Political Swift 2 (Ireland):
    9. 'Paltry Underlings of State'? The character and aspirations of the 'Castle' Party, 1715–32 D. W. Hayton
    10. Old English, New English and Ancient Irish: Swift and the Irish past Sean Connolly
    11. Jonathan Swift and the Irish Colonial Project Robert Mahony

  • Editor

    Claude Rawson, Yale University, Connecticut
    Claude Rawson is Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University.


    Claude Rawson, Ian Higgins, Mark Goldie, Paul Langford, Valerie Rumbold, James McLaverty, Helen Deutsch, David Womersley, D. W. Hayton, Sean Connolly, Robert Mahony

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